By J-100 Editor at Large
As I was drinking my coffee this morning I was thinking about something that has been on my heart and I felt a need to share.
Hezekiah became King- he was 25 years old.
“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”
In 2 Chronicles 29 & 30 we are given the story of Hezekiah and of his purifying the Temple. The young King realized that their fathers had been unfaithful and did evil in the eyes of the Lord their God. (2 Ch 29:6) Because they turned their backs on God and their faces away from the Lord’s dwelling place, the anger of the Lord fell on Judah and Jerusalem.
Hezekiah made a covenant with God so that His fierce anger would turn away from the people, He called the Levites back to restore and cleanse the Temple.
After the Temple had been cleansed, Hezekiah sent couriers throughout the land to tell the people to come to Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover in the restored Temple. Scripture tells us that many came and were zealous to eat the Passover meal. However, many were not ceremonially clean according to the law, as many had not purified themselves, “yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written.” (2 Ch 30:18)
Hezekiah realizing what they had done, prayed for them saying “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets his heart on seeking God, the Lord, the God of his fathers, even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary. And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.” (2 Ch 30: 18-20)
The whole assembly celebrated and praised God for 2 weeks. Scripture says there was great joy in Jerusalem- and“God heard them, for their prayers reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.” (2 Ch 30: 26-27)
I learned from this story that God is more concerned about “everyone who sets his heart to seek God.”, than about the lawful details on how to worship Him. How often have we, (including me), become so concerned about the “rules of the sanctuary”, and the correct methods handed down to us, that we fail to seek God? How many times have we disagreed on such things as the work of the Holy Spirit, baptism, communion, who can serve, predestination, the return of Jesus, who we will fellowship with, and many others? We have become so engrossed with the legality of our worship that we have failed to seek God with our hearts.
It is my prayer for Christians everywhere that we will shed the legalism that has bound so many of us for years, that we will ask God to meet us in our circumstances, and that we will hear in our hearts the prayer that Jesus prayed for us in John 17: 20-25.
In a word, it is summed up in“unity”. Verse 23 reads: “I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
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