by Daniel Rodgers

Hezekiah, God's Man of the Hour
Dan Rodgers
2 Chronicles 31:20-21

TEXT: 2 Chron. 31:20-21, And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the Lord his God. [21] 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.

INTRODUCTION: Hezekiah was 25 years old when he became Judah's 13th king. You will remember that Israel had been divided since the death of King Solomon. Ten tribes had followed Jeroboam, and two tribes--Judah and Benjamin, had followed Rehoboam, Solomon's son.
Worse than their division, as bad as it was, was their rejection of God.

Israel had turned from God and had polluted the land with idol worship. In (28:25), the Bible says Ahaz (Hezekiah's predecessor) '' made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the Lord God of his fathers. They were even burning incense to the brazen serpent built by Moses. What God had once used as a symbol of deliverance, had now become nothing more than another idol.

In addition; Israel had neglected the House of God. Many of the Temple vessels used in worship had been given as gifts to the King of Syria. The Temple had been defiled and Ahaz had the doors nailed shut (28:24).
Following the death of Ahaz, Hezekiah became king. He was grieved at what he had witnessed, and he was determined to change things. Hezekiah called the priests and the Levites together and cleansed the Temple. The Bible says in 2 Chron. 29:3-5, 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.

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