It is so nice to finally see a king who was willing to please God.
2 Chronicles 29:2 (NLT): He (Hezekiah) did what was pleasing to the Lord’s sight, just as his ancestor David had done.
2 Chronicles 29-6-12a(NLT): Our ancestors were unfaithful and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord our God. They abandoned the Lord and His dwelling; they turned their backs on Him. They also shut the doors to the Temple’s entry room, and they snuffed out the lamps. They stopped burning incense and presenting burnt offerings at the sanctuary of the God of Israel. That is why the Lord’s anger has fallen upon Judah and Jerusalem. He made them an object of dread, horror, and ridicule, as you can see with your own eyes. Because of this, our fathers have been killed in battle, and our sons and daughters and wives have been captured. But now I will make a covenant with the Lord, the God of Israel, so that his fierce anger will turn away from us. My sons, do not neglect your duties any longer! The Lord has chosen you to stand in His presence, to minister to Him, and to lead the people in worship and present offerings to Him.
Then the Levites got right to work.
It doesn’t matter why you turn back to God, just that you do!
King Hezekiah learned from the past king’s mistakes. He saw the curses that were brought on their land because of the actions of the people. God clearly said if you obey me you will be blessed, if you don’t, you will be cursed. The same applies to everyone. In the New Testament it says you will reap what you sow. But it is the same. Some people can only learn by their own mistakes, others can learn by watching others and saying ‘I see what happened to them, I don’t want to experience that.’ I feel King Hezekiah was in the latter bunch.
Hezekiah cleaned out the temple, consecrated the priests and Levites, and rallied the people.
2 Chronicles 30:10 (NLT): The runners went from town to town throughout Ephraim and Manasseh and as far as the territory of Zebulun. But most of the people just laughed at the runners and made fun of them. However, some people from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem.
Whenever you try to do the work of the Lord, there is always going to be someone who laughs and makes fun of you. Do it anyway, it is God you are working for, not men! Also you may never know whose heart you will touch.
2 Chronicles 30: 18b-20 (NLT): For Hezekiah said,”May the Lord, who is good, pardon those who decide to follow the Lord, the God of their ancestors, even though they are not properly cleansed for the ceremony.” And the Lord listened to Hezekiah’s prayer and healed the people.
Things were heading in the right direction, but not everyone was as they should have been, and there were slight changes to the ceremonies .God gave them procedures to follow, but God is merciful and sees the heart of the people. They were repenting, they were turning back to Him, and they were changing their direction to follow Him. God saw their heart.
He will be merciful to me too, if I were to turn away, and then turn back. God loves his children. He doesn’t want even one of them to perish. So He gives grace to the humble. God is so good!
2 Chronicles 31:21 (NLT): In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow God’s laws and commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful.
God keeps his promises. If you take one step towards Him, He’ll come running to you!
1 Corinthians 8:1b-3 (NLT): …But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes.
God alone knows it all. Some answers are not clear cut. Some depend on the people and the situations. If someone believes something is wrong, it is a sin for those people. Other people may not be convicted of the same thing. For example, I was at a company Christmas luncheon and there is always a toast. The girl sitting next to me was a recent hire and said to me “she didn’t drink’. I said,” that’s okay, just turn your glass upside down.” She didn’t listen and that caused her to fall off the wagon. I did not know her past, but she eventually was fired because she was unreliable and kept missing work. She ended up back in rehab. What I should have done was to turn my glass upside down with her. Then she wouldn’t have felt awkward and things may have turned out different.
1 Corinithians 8:11-13 (NLT): So because of your superior knowledge, a weak believer for whom Christ died will be destroyed. And when you sin against other believers by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong, you are sinning against Christ. So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.
I don’t know if she was a believer, but I do know that I feel bad for how things turned out for her. And to me, it is a perfect example of what not to do if ever placed in a similiar situation. Believer or unbeliever, I would have liked to have been more sensitive to her situation.
Heavenly Father, It was so refreshing to read today about people taking steps to make things right with you. Please help me to keep my stride close by your side and I ask you to give me your wisdom when I am placed in any situation that requires sensitivity. Forgive me for the times I have failed You, for I never want to make any one stumble. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!