Friday, July 20, 2012
Welcome to Day 201 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 29; 2 Chronicles 30; 2 Chronicles 31; James 4 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
2 Chronicles 29:6, “How about this for bold statement? “Our parents were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the Lord our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away from the Lord’s dwelling place and turned their backs on him… 10 Now I intend to make a covenant with the Lord, the God of Israel, so that his fierce anger will turn away from us.”
35, “So the service of the temple of the Lord was reestablished. 36 Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people, because it was done so quickly.”
(Way to go Hezekiah!)
2 Chronicles 30:25, “The entire assembly of Judah rejoiced, along with the priests and Levites and all who had assembled from Israel, including the foreigners who had come from Israel and also those who resided in Judah. 26 There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. 27 The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and
God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.”
2 Chronicles 31:1, “When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh.”
20 “This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. 21 In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly.”
James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Israel’s down and up history continues with Hezekiah implementing sweeping reform regarding worshiping false gods and re-instituting worship only of the God of Israel.
Hezekiah is a great example of what can be…
I once heard a saying, “Some people look at things as they are and ask, “Why?” Others see things as they could be and ask, “Why not?”
Of course, Hezekiah was the king and he could do whatever he wanted. He had the power, the authority and the resources to pull it off.
But his heart was in the right place.
Many kings before him did similarly, but never quite finished the job… by destroying the High Places and Asherah poles, etc.
What an inspiring story!
Hezekiah was a true worship leader! He led people back into worship. He consecrated the Levite priests, returned all the articles and instruments to the temple, offered sacrifices, burned the incense… and, celebrated the Passover! (Even though it was not the usual time for it, see 2 Chronicles 30:3. THAT was a bold move against tradition!)
2 Chronicles 30:18, “Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone 19 who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” 20 And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.”
What an amazing turn of events! What a great visionary leader!
Lord, I want to be a leader like THAT!