Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 29
Today, we read about Hezekiah, one of Israel’s most chronicled kings, probably third only to David and Solomon. Why was he so special? What set him apart from the rest of the kings and judges that we’ve been reading about through 2 Chronicles? His heart for God and his humility in service. In the beginning of the chapter, Ezra tries to make this explicitly clear in these statements:
And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done. (2 Chronicles 29:2 ESV)
In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them. (2 Chronicles 29:3 ESV)
…and said to them, “Hear me, Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, and consecrate the house of the LORD, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the Holy Place. (2 Chronicles 29:5 ESV)
What do we see in Hezekiah’s character that is worth emulating? Well, almost everything, because he strived to please the Lord and not man. He showed boldness and courage. He had unwavering resolve. He honored God’s holy character. He cared deeply about the Temple of the Lord. He wanted God’s people to worship rightly. And his work ethic was unmatched. When we read Paul say, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) in the New Testament, an easy Old Testament parallel for us to make is of Hezekiah. This verse is so descriptive of him, yet way before his time.
What did you glean from today’s chapter? What inspires you from Hezekiah’s example? We’d love to continue the discussion throughout the day in the comments section below. Happy Friday, Center Point!
Posted by: Todd Thomas