Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Hezekiah Part 3 II Chronicles 31

II Chronicles 31:1 "Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities."

Now that is a revival. Many will not remember but in the 60's there was such a revival in this country, at least, in the southeast. There was others before but this one I remember. The renewal spread from church to church. It was like one big long revival meeting. Young people got involved and brought their friends. Schools and work places were impacted. I barely remember when I was a child when my folks went house to house in cottage prayer meetings and there were prayer meetings before work in the plants. It is what our country needs today.

v5 "And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. See Exodus 22:29 James 1:18

Spiritual renewal results in physical action. Hezekiah has taken the remnant and brought them back to the law and dedication to the true God of Israel. It will not set well with the idol worshippers who later attack Judah but that will turn out good too.

v20-21 "And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

The key phrase has to be 'he did it with all his heart'. See also I Kings 15:5, John 1:47, Deut 29:9 I Timothy 4:8.

It was during these times that Isaiah, a prophet who knew Hezekiah, penned some of the most beautiful words of the Bible. Isaiah even got a glimpse of Jesus on the throne of heaven.

Isaiah 6:1 "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. v3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."

Hezekiah and the people cleanse the land of idols.

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