And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah: And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house. And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.
After Shebna was demoted, Eliakim, which means God will establish, would take his place. A type of the Lord Jesus, Eliakim would be a responsible and compassionate ruler, with full authority. He would be given the key of the house of David, controlling the royal chambers and choosing the servants in the royal household. Eliakim would be firmly established in his position and would have complete authority in his sphere of service.