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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Grand Re-opening (2 Chronicles 29:1)

 "In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them."

On a flight from Costa Rica I met a gentleman from England who told me that he is an atheist and that people in England have "no place for God in their lives." When I think of England I think of the great revival that began in 1904/5. One man described its beginning, "The Welsh revival started because a revived man, Evan Roberts, took the revival to people who were willing to listen and act on his preaching" (John Hayward, http://www.church-growth-modelling.org.uk/). Revival broke out when one man took seriously the call of God to experience a revived heart and holy living. Over a hundred years has passed since the Welsh revival and many of England's churches have now become tearooms or have been boarded up altogether. The closing of the hearts to the preaching of the Word of God soon leads to the closing of the doors of churches.

A succession of ungodly kings led Judah further and further away from God. Until Hezekiah. The first day on the job saw Hezekiah opens the doors of the temple, cleans out the temple and re-establishes the the burnt offerings and the Passover. Hezekiah leads Judah and Jerusalem in a grand re-opening of the temple. Singing and rejoicing characterize the people of Judah and Jerusalem. The Passover celebration lasts for several weeks. Hezekiah sucessfully leads Judah for twenty-nine years. The book of 2 Kings describes Hezekiah as loyal unto the LORD, ‘there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah after him, nor among those who were before him’ (2 Kings 18:3-6).

One man.
Experiencing revival.
Using his position and influence.
What are you doing with your life?

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
2 Chronicles 29:3-31:1
  • To whom does Hezekiah address and instruct regarding the temple?
  • What does this tell you about the spiritual state of the priests at this time?
  • How many days does it take to clean and consecrate the temple?
  • Describe Hezekiah's involvement in the ceremonies.
  • What does Hezekiah understand and communicate about God in his correspondence sent throughout Israel and Judah?
  • How does God respond to Israel's grand re-opening of the temple and their re-establishment of the Passover?
Psalm 66
  • What does this Psalm teach about God? The character of a revived people?
Psalm 67
  • According to this Psalm what impact does a revived people have upon those around them?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to revive His people once again. Ask Him to revive and raise up men and women like Evan Roberts and Hezekiah.