2 Kings 18 part 11
Last week the northern kingdom was done away with, so from this point forward we will be dealing with the southern kingdom. Tonight we will begin to look at Hezekiahís reign. It will take us two lessons to learn about him.
2 Kings 18:1 Now it
came to pass in the third year of Hoshea the son of Elah, king of
If you will remember Jotham who was Ahaz dad was a good king
who tried to restore
We are given a summary of some the great things that Hezekiah accomplished in his reign. He took down the high places and destroyed all the things that people were worshipping in a false way. We learn that they had even turned the bronze serpent head that Moses made into an idol. They called it Nehushtan, which simply means, ďa thing of brass.Ē However, this also another proof that the 5 books of the Bible and the events that were in them happened before this time, which shows those who claim the first 5 books were written sometime after this are wrong.
Since Hezekiah trusted in the Lord and followed His commands
he prospered and even rebelled against
2 Chronicles 29:3 In the
first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house
of the LORD and repaired them.† 4
Then he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the
His father Ahaz had shut the doors of the temple and moved the people away from God, but now Hezekiah is open the doors and is calling for everyone to return back to God because he knows the reason why they are being oppressed is because they have been neglecting God.
2 Chronicles 29:12 Then these Levites arose: Mahath the son of Amasai (a-mash-eye) and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites; of the sons of Merari, (me-Ray-i) †Kish the son of Abdi and Azariah the son of Jehallelel; (juh-hah-lih-lel) of the Gershonites, Joah the son of Zimmah and Eden the son of Joah;† 13 of the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and Jeiel; (jih-eye-uhl) of the sons of Asaph, Zechariah and Mattaniah;† 14 of the sons of Heman, Jehiel (juh-high-ul) and Shimei; (Shim-ih-uh) and of the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah (shih-may-uh) and Uzziel. (uh-zeye-el) 15 And they gathered their brethren, sanctified themselves, and went according to the commandment of the king, at the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.† 16 Then the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD to cleanse it, and brought out all the debris that they found in the temple of the LORD to the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it out and carried it to the Brook Kidron.† 17 Now they began to sanctify on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth day of the month they came to the vestibule of the LORD. Then they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days, and on the sixteenth day of the first month they finished.
Fortunately, the people agreed with the King so they got the temple ready for service.
2 Chronicles 29:18 Then
they went in to King Hezekiah and said, "We have cleansed all the house of
the LORD, the altar of burnt offerings with all its articles, and the table of
the showbread with all its articles.† 19
"Moreover all the articles which King Ahaz in his reign had cast aside in
his transgression we have prepared and sanctified; and there they are, before
the altar of the LORD."† 20 ∂
Then King Hezekiah rose early, gathered the rulers of the city, and went up to
the house of the LORD.† 21 And
they brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven male goats for a
sin offering for the kingdom, for the sanctuary, and for
Everything is coming together now. When you look the OT, when the people decide to turn away from the false God and embrace God as the only God, they usually rededicate themselves and they will make burnt offering for all the sins they had been guilty before hand. In similar way, some Christians have to do this from time to time. When we see that we have fallen away from God or we are not serving God as we should, we have to rededicate ourselves to God. Now, we donít offer up burnt offerings, but we do humble ourselves before God and pray to Him for forgiveness and we get the sin in our life away from. We do our best to serve God with whole being from that point forward and this exactly what we see Hezekiah and Judah doing at this time.
2 Chronicles 29:25 And he
stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with stringed
instruments, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, of Gad the
king's seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for thus was the commandment of
the LORD by his prophets.† 26
The Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the
trumpets.† 27 Then Hezekiah
commanded them to offer the burnt offering on the altar. And when the
burnt offering began, the song of the LORD also began, with the trumpets
and with the instruments of David king of
Here is our proof text in verse 25 that God commanded the use of musical instruments in the OT. So, those who say that God simply tolerated them because David invented them are misinformed. However, this does not mean that we can use musical instruments under the New Testament because this Law does not apply to us today. That is why we donít sacrifice animals, have Levites or official priests or a temple that we are supposed to go to three times a year. Under the NT God has commanded us to sing and has named the instrument as our heart. If He had wanted us to use musical instruments in worship today He would have commanded us to do so. In our text, we can see the sincerity and respect they had for God now as they bowed their heads and worshiped. †
2 Chronicles 29:31 Then Hezekiah answered and said, "Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the LORD, come near, and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house of the LORD." So the assembly brought in sacrifices and thank offerings, and as many as were of a willing heart brought burnt offerings.† 32 And the number of the burnt offerings which the assembly brought was seventy bulls, one hundred rams, and two hundred lambs; all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD.† 33 The consecrated things were six hundred bulls and three thousand sheep.† 34 But the priests were too few, so that they could not skin all the burnt offerings; therefore their brethren the Levites helped them until the work was ended and until the other priests had sanctified themselves, for the Levites were more diligent in sanctifying themselves than the priests.† 35 Also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings and with the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order.† 36 Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly.
This was a great time for
the children of
2 Chronicles 30:1 And
Hezekiah sent to all
Not only has Hezekiah
restored the temple and worship to God, now he is getting everyone prepared to
participate in the Passover. If you will remember, the Jews were supposed to
take part in the Passover in the first month of their year, but if you could
not make because you were unclean or you were detained then you could
participate in it the second month and that is what Hezekiah and Judah was
going to do because they were not all clean. Not only does he extend this
2 Chronicles 30:10 So the
runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh,
as far as Zebulun; but they laughed at them and mocked them.† 11 Nevertheless some from Asher,
Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to
Some of the remnant of
2 Chronicles 30:13 Now
many people, a very great assembly, gathered at
Now this is interesting because the people came together to eat of the Passover, but some of them had not been cleansed. When Hezekiah finds out about this, he immediately prays to God to provide atonement for those who had not been properly purified as they should, but who had prepared their hearts to seek after God and as we read God allows this to happen this time. This shows us the mercy of God. He knew His people heart was in the right place because they wanted to serve God and participate in His Passover. However, many of these Jews were obviously not aware of this purification they were supposed to do. So, in this instance, at the request of Hezekiah, God permitted there actions that day. You can see more of Hezekiahís prayers in Isa. 37 and 38.
Now the Levites were the ones that were supposed to know the Law of God and teach it. Hezekiah knows how important that Godís truth is taught, so he encourages the Levites who have been teaching Godís truth. This is same thing we should do as Christians as well. We should be encouraging our all of our teachers to continue on preaching Godís truth.
2 Chronicles 30:23 Then
the whole assembly agreed to keep the feast another seven days, and they
kept it another seven days with gladness.† 24 For Hezekiah king of Judah gave
to the assembly a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep, and the leaders gave
to the assembly a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep; and a great number of
priests sanctified themselves.† 25
The whole assembly of
According to Moses Law they were only required to keep the feast for 7 days, but they were so excited about turning back to God and the events that were happening that they decided to keep the feast going another 7 days. Sometimes it is hard to stop, when you are having such a great time in honor of God. This reminds of the gospel meeting that Mclish had. They originally planed to have it for a week, but they were so excited about how things were going they decided to continue on for another week. It is certainly wonderful to see Godís children so excited and happy about serving God. We can see that God was pleased with them because he heard their prayers in heaven.
2 Chronicles 31:1 Now when
all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of
Judah and broke the sacred pillars in pieces, cut down the wooden images, and
threw down the high places and the altars -- from all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim,
and Manasseh -- until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the
Again, we can see how hard Hezekiah is working to restore things back to Godís way. He is destroying everything that does not honor God and he even restores tithing and support of the priesthood. In verses 11-19 it talks about how they store and distribute all these tithes that have been given. Then Hezekiah is given high praise in our closing verses for tonight.
2 Chronicles 31:20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the LORD his God.† 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.†
So far, Hezekiah is great example of what godly man is all about and everything is going his way. However, next week will find out what happens when things take a turn for the worse for Judah and Hezekiah deals with it.