每日诗歌: 溪邊的樹 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8ssH5BUIWE)
2 Chronicles 29 [Read]
2 Chronicles 30 [Read]
2 Chronicles 31 [Read]
John 18:1-23 [Read]
Hezekiah was a good king, yet his reign began at a low point in the history of Judah. At the time the Northern Kingdom was facing the invasion of the powerful Assyrians, and that eventually ended the kingdom (2Ki 17). For the Southern Kingdom of Judah, it just came off the reign of the evil king Ahaz. The land was under siege by enemies from outside (2Ch 28:6, 17, 18, 21) and was greatly defiled by pagan idols from inside (28:23-25). It was not a good situation for a young Hezekiah to take over the reign.
Hezekiah’s revival began from within the Kingdom. While the Assyrians was attacking the Northern Kingdom, Hezekiah determined to build up the South by seeking the LORD. The first thing he did was re-opening the door to the temple (29:3) and consecrating the sanctuary. After the cleansing, he ordered the priests and Levites to consecrate themselves and offered sacrifices. He then called onto the people of God throughout the land to celebrate Passover (30:1), and many humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem to join him (30:11). The LORD was apparently pleased with his heart and deeds, and he listened to Hezekiah’s pleading and healed the people (30:20).
Whenever there is an attempt to return to God, there will always be resistance and attacks. Some people ridiculed Hezekiah’s call to celebrate Passover (30:10), and the Assyrians brought their army to the city of Jerusalem (32:1). The Chronicler did not mention the lapse of faith of Hezekiah like that recorded in the Kings (2Ki 18:14). He chose instead to focus on the positive outcome (32:21). The message he wanted to convey to the remnant returning from the Babylonian exile was clear: those who hope in the LORD will not be disappointed (Isa 49:23).
Every disciple of Christ will go through difficult time like everyone else in this world, but the difference is shown in the way a person stands up against the trouble tide. Hezekiah’s revival is a great testimony showing that the true revival needs to begin from within. When the inside is cleansed by earnestly seeking the Lord, when the sins are humbly confessed, the outside trouble will be taken care of by the Lord in his own way. That’s a promise we can put our hope in and will not be disappointed.
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