Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 29
The first thing to notice about Hezekiah is that he, “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done.” (v. 2) Hezekiah might have only been 25 years old at the time, but he showed much more wisdom and godliness than many of his predecessors. PRINCIPLE: age is not the primary determining factor in someone’s leadership ability, wisdom, or godliness.
We also see that Hezekiah begins to take action steps in influencing the people towards holiness. He begins by consecrating the temple, and this seems to be quite the task (v. 16). It was only after this cleansing and the sacrifices that were then made that they then began to rightly worship God (v. 28). What was the result of this cleansing and sacrifice? “Thus the service of the house of the Lord was restored. And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because God had provided for the people, for the thing came about suddenly.” (v. 35-36)
How is the gospel seen in this passage?
Just like the people of Israel, we must be cleansed from our sin. And in order for our sin to be cleansed, a sacrifice must be made. The difference for us is that with the coming of Jesus, we are not the ones who clean ourselves up, we are cleansed by the blood of Christ. We also don’t make the necessary sacrifices, Jesus made the perfect sacrifice on the cross on our behalf. All we do is repent and believe in the gospel. Some might need to repent and believe in the gospel for the first time in order to receive the free gift of forgiveness that has been offered to them. Others, who have received this initial gift need to repent and believe in the gospel over and over again, not so that they can be saved again, but so that they can remind themselves of what has really saved them, and what is really redeeming them: Jesus.
It is only when we accept the forgiveness offered to us by Jesus that we can, like the people of Israel in verses 27-28 of our passage, worship God with a pure heart; it is only then that we can live how we were designed to live.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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