Hezekiah Ruled 29 Years And Brought Revival

In Whales in 1904, 27 year old Evan Roberts was burdened to pray fervently for 100,000 souls to come to Christ. Soon the flame of revival burned into the hearts of hundreds of tough minded coal miners. They threw down their picks and soon revival spread across Great Britain. The … More

Revival

This passage begins with a preparation for revival. Hezekiah was 25 years old when he became king an he ruled in for 29 years (v. 1). He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as king David had done (v. 2). Through him revival came to the land. King Hezekiah was a man who cried for national revival. This chapter gives a stunning analogy to the keys that unlock revival:

a. The door of Revival opens because of preparation (vv. 3-11). - Ceremony

b. The door of Revival opens because of consecration (vv. 12-19). - Cleansing

c. The door of Revival opens because of dedication(vv. 20-24). - Worship

d. The door of Revival opens because of presentation (vv. 25-36). - Offerings

Hezekiah unlocks and repairs the doors that Ahaz had shut and locked when he was king (v. 3). He calls the priests and Levites to cleanse and purify themselves and the temple(vv. 4-5). Some of the ancestors had disobeyed the Lord by turning their backs on Him, locking the doors of the temple, letting the lamps go out and stopped offering sacrifices (vv. 6-7). The Lord had became terribly angry at the people of Judah and Jerusalem and had given them up to trouble, desolation, and to jeering and as a result their sons, daughters and wives were in captivity (vv. 8-11).

Application

If I ever experience revival it will be a result of what resides in my heart and not something I do or say. It will all start with a preparation of heart and mind.

II Chronicles 29:1-11 (English Standard Version)

Hezekiah began to reign when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David 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. He brought in the priests and the Levites and assembled them in the square on the east and said to them, "Hear me, Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, and consecrate the house of the LORD, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the Holy Place. For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done what was evil in the sight of the LORD our God. They have forsaken him and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD and turned their backs. They also shut the doors of the vestibule and put out the lamps and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the Holy Place to the God of Israel. Therefore the wrath of the LORD came on Judah and Jerusalem, and he has made them an object of horror, of astonishment, and of hissing, as you see with your own eyes. For behold, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this. Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD, the God of Israel, in order that his fierce anger may turn away from us. 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."

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