Set Your House in Order
2 Kings 20:1-11
2 Chronicles 31:20-21 gives us a background to King Hezekiah. ''And thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah; and he did what was good, right and true before the Lord his God. And every work which he began in the service of the house of God, he did with all his heart and prospered.''
Hezekiah was 25 years old when he became Judah's 13th King. Israel had divided after Solomon. Ten tribes followed Jeroboam. Two tribes had followed Rehoboam. Israel had turned from God and polluted their land with idol worship.
Ahaz, Hezekiah's predecessor ''Made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the Lord God of his fathers.''
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.
Following Ahaz's death, Hezekiah became king. He was grieved at what he had witnessed, and was determined to change things. He called priests and Levites together and cleansed the temple.
2 Chronicles 29:3-5 In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the square on the east. Then he said to them, ''Listen to me, O Levites, consecrate yourselves now, and consecrate the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and carry the uncleanness out from the holy place.''
-2 Kings 18:5-6 ''And he trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, and among those who were before him. For he clung to the Lord; he did not depart from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord had commissioned Moses. And the Lord was with him; wherever he went the lord prospered him…''
Now with that background in mind, we will look at our text today.
1. THE DILEMMA OF KING HEZEKIAH
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