It's good to see you here tonight in spite of the bad weather. People are still coming in. They say the first speaker in any meeting is the speaker that everybody walks in on. That's fine with me. I rather be him than the speaker that everybody walks out on. I was in a meeting a few years ago during the famous ice storm at First Baptist Church in Tulsa with Dr. Hultgren (?). The streets were solid ice. There weren't too many people there, and we were waiting to see if somebody else would come to have a quorum. He said we were going to wait for a moment because people are still pouring in. He said another one just poured in right then. So if folks just keep pouring in, that will be just fine.
I want you to open your Bibles tonight to the Old Testament to the book of 2 Kings, chapter 18. I want to read the first four verses.
One of the greatest revivals recorded in the Old Testament is a revival that took place under King Hezekiah. It was a remarkable revival, not only for what God accomplished through it, but because of the conditions in which it was born. Hezekiah's father was probably one of the most wicked kings that Judah ever had, a man given over totally to idolatry. Yet into that idolatrous situation when the nation was not only sinking spiritually but also politically and economically, King Hezekiah came to the throne with his mind made up to seek the Lord for revival. Under his leadership occurred one of the greatest revivals that we have any record of. The first four verses of 2 Kings 18 give to us the starting place of that tremendous movement of God.
1Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea, the son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem; his mother's name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. 3And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did. 4He removed the high places and brake the images and cut down the groves and brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made, for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it; and he called it Nehushtan, a thing of brass.
Practically everywhere I go in these days, I find people are greatly interested in the matter of revival. I suppose that there is no place that I've been in the last two or three years that I have not found in a church, regardless of how dead that church may be, a nucleus of people (maybe just one, or two, or three) who had a heart hunger to see God work in a way that could only be described as revival. In the past few years there has been so much written and spoken about this matter of revival. I think most of us are agreed tonight that one of the great needs--if not the greatest need, not only for our churches but for our nation--is that God would be pleased to ...
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