If anything should have been well-maintained, surely it was God’s temple in Jerusalem.
But King Hezekiah’s forebears had drifted far from God, and the temple showed the dire effects of their apostasy.
Time to set things right!
Hezekiah commanded, “. . . carry the uncleanness out from the holy place. For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done evil in the sight of the LORD . . . . They have also shut the doors of the porch and put out the lamps . . . .
“So the priests went in to the inner part of the house of the LORD to cleanse it, and every unclean thing which they found in the temple of the LORD they brought out to the court of the house of the LORD. Then the Levites received it to carry out to the Kidron Valley.”
Their efforts were two-pronged. First, they removed what should have never been put into the temple. Second, they replaced what should have never been removed.
“. . . all the utensils which King Ahaz had discarded during his reign in his unfaithfulness, we have prepared and consecrated; and behold, they are before the altar of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 29:5-7, 16, 19).
And for us today?
Just as Hezekiah restored the temple to a condition that would once again honor God, so shouldn’t we also be diligent to restore the purity and simplicity Christ desires for His church (Ephesians 5:23-27; Revelation 2:1-7; 3:1-6, 14-22)?
In the New Testament God reveals how He wants His church to be organized, how His people are to worship, what they are to teach, and how they are to live.
Through the centuries, countless unauthorized changes have been made to the divine plan for the church—but could they be called improvements?
Isn’t the call to return to the original divine pattern as needed today as it was in Hezekiah’s?
Are we willing to re-examine our beliefs and practices in light of God’s Word?
The Bible labels Hezekiah’s restoration efforts “these acts of faithfulness” (2 Chronicles 32:1).
May God be able to say the same of us!
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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