2 Chronicles 29

2 Chronicles 29 has Hezekiah taking the throne.  “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” and began to undo the evil that his father had done.  “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 didn’t wait long to get started.  He got the priests and the Levites together and began the work of putting things back in order.  His instruction was for them to “carry out the filth from the Holy Place”.

Not only were the practices and lifestyle evil, but since Ahaz had literally shut the doors of the house of the Lord, it needed some physical cleaning too.  So the priests were hard at work to clean up the physical dirt but also preparing to clean up the dirty hearts that had developed in prior generations.  Hezekiah has a new heart.  “Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord”.  His immediate predecessors had spent their time on the throne leading the people from God, now he is restoring them to God.

It takes some leadership and a pep rally to get them focused and keep them on task.  “My sons, do not now be negligent, for the Lord has chosen you to stand in his presence, to minister to him and to be his ministers and make offerings to him”.  It is for such a time as this that Hezekiah rallies the troops and gets them carrying out the filth.  They do, and then the king calls the people together to dedicate their hard work.  Many were involved in the cleansing, and now it was time to dedicate the temple.

Hezekiah “commanded the priests the sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the Lord”.  They had lots of sacrifices to make and songs to sing as they worshipped God.  It was a great consecration of the Lord’s house.  There was more brought to sacrifice than the original set of priests could handle, so they had other priests consecrated so they could assist with the sacrifice.  What a party.  The offerings were flowing, the people were singing and “the service of the house of the Lord was restored”.

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