2 Chronicles 29:1-7
Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done. 3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them. 4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street, 5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place. 6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord our God, and have FORSAKEN HIM, AND HAVE TURNED AWAY THEIR FACES FROM THE HABITATION (HOUSE) OF THE LORD, AND TURNED THEIR BACKS. 7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
One of the blessings of the Old Testament Scriptures is that both learning and warning can come from them (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11). Why learn things the hard way through our own mistakes when we can learn from the testimonies of others? We can learn from our own experiences, of course, but it can create consequences that are long lasting and that could have been avoided.
Hezekiah was the son of a godless father (Ahaz) who endeavored to bring the kingdom back from the path of idolatry and ruin his father had taken the kingdom into. So often sins in a father are repeated in his son but Hezekiah reversed this backsliding. There is a great example and vivid lesson that is obvious in the generation that forsook the Lord from reading this passage as well as all of 2 Chronicles 29. The lesson is simple and clear: WHEN OUR HEART GOES AWAY FROM GOD, IT GOES AWAY FROM HIS HOUSE (Church) 2 Chronicles 29.
If you will continue to read you will see in the revival Hezekiah brought that BECAUSE HIS HEART WAS RIGHT BEFORE THE LORD he (2 Chronicles 31):
- 1: destroyed the idols/high places dedicated to the worship of other gods;
- 2: restored ministry of the priests;
- 3: restored offerings;
- 4: restored giving to the ministry priests;
- 5: restored the tithe.
It is time for you to have a revival in your heart and come back to the Lord and His House. Get right with God in fellowship with Him and stay planted in His house and flourish Psalm 92:12-14.