What a difference a new king made! Unfortunately, many times the story was about the king that came into office who did not follow the Lord and His ways. But for King Hezekiah, it was different: “Hezekiah did what the LORD said was right, just as his ancestor David had done.” He opened the doors of the temple, and had the priests and Levites clean it up and prepare themselves to serve.
It can be hard to come back to the right way; the right way of doing things after there has been a period of not doing so. But it will be so worth the effort and sacrifice that is necessary!
Father, thank You for this story about king Hezekiah and his willingness to clean things up and go the right way. There's a very real lesson to be learned here for me/for us. You are my God, Who is always available. Thank You. AMEN
I can be happy if I will live a pure life and follow the Lord’s teachings. I will try to obey Him with my whole heart, and follow His ways. Psalm 119
A New King
1 Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he ruled twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 2 Hezekiah did what the LORD said was right, just as his ancestor David had done. 3 Hezekiah opened the doors of the Temple of the LORD and repaired them in the first month of the first year he was king. 4 Hezekiah brought in the priests and Levites and gathered them in the courtyard on the east side of the Temple. 5 Hezekiah said, “Listen to me, Levites. Make yourselves ready for the LORD’s service, and make holy the Temple of the LORD, the God of your ancestors. Remove from the Temple everything that makes it impure. 6 Our ancestors were unfaithful to God and did what the LORD said was wrong. They left the LORD and stopped worshiping at the Temple where he lives. They rejected him. 7 They shut the doors of the porch of the Temple, and they let the fire go out in the lamps. They stopped burning incense and offering burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel. 8 So the LORD became very angry with the people of Judah and Jerusalem, and he punished them. Other people are frightened and shocked by what he did to them. So they insult the people of Judah. You know these things are true. 9 That is why our ancestors were killed in battle and our sons, daughters, and wives were taken captive. 10 Now I, Hezekiah, have decided to make an agreement with the LORD, the God of Israel, so he will not be angry with us anymore. 11 My sons, don’t waste any more time. The LORD chose you to stand before him, to serve him, to be his servants, and to burn incense to him.” (2 Chronicles 29:1-11 NCV)
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