Hezekiah was an excellent King

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Presentation

Hezekiah was an excellent King although he had a very vicious father. Praise the Lord that the Proverb like father, like son is not always true. In the first month of the first year of his reign he opened the doors of the temple. In this chapter there is a vivid summary in which the fickle multitude are brought into a new fellowship with God as Hezekiah assigned the Levites to their places in the temple (vv. 25-26). First, there is an offering for sins, for the people who were defiled and needed cleansing. Following their offerings the song of the Lord began (v. 27). Everyone worshiped the Lord  and this continued until the last animal was sacrificed (v. 28).

The people bowed down and joyfully sang praises to the Lord (vv. 29-30). Hezekiah told the crowd that they are once again acceptable to the Lord (v. 31). The temple was once again used for worshiping the Lord (vv. 32-35). The burnt offering meant consecration of life and the giving up of self. At the very moment the flame of the burnt offering leaped heavenward there was a burst of music that echoed through the courts. It thrilled them to the very fiber of their beings. Those who were depressed took heart and those who had been fearful were encouraged (v. 36).

Application

If my heart has been open before the Lord and I have gotten everything right with Him I will have a desire to dedicate everything to Him and others around me will be encouraged and want to also.

II Chronicles 29:25-36 (English Standard Version)

And he stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, harps, and lyres, according to the commandment of David and of Gad the king's seer and of Nathan the prophet, for the commandment was from the LORD through his prophets. The Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets. Then Hezekiah commanded that the burnt offering be offered on the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song to the LORD began also, and the trumpets, accompanied by the instruments of David king of Israel. The whole assembly worshiped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded. All this continued until the burnt offering was finished. When the offering was finished, the king and all who were present with him bowed themselves and worshiped. And Hezekiah the king and the officials commanded the Levites to sing praises to the LORD with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed down and worshiped. Then Hezekiah said, "You have now consecrated yourselves to the LORD. Come near; bring sacrifices and thank offerings to the house of the LORD." And the assembly brought sacrifices and thank offerings, and all who were of a willing heart brought burnt offerings. The number of the burnt offerings that the assembly brought was 70 bulls, 100 rams, and 200 lambs; all these were for a burnt offering to the LORD. And the consecrated offerings were 600 bulls and 3,000 sheep. But the priests were too few and could not flay all the burnt offerings, so until other priests had consecrated themselves, their brothers the Levites helped them, until the work was finished--for the Levites were more upright in heart than the priests in consecrating themselves. Besides the great number of burnt offerings, there was the fat of the peace offerings, and there were the drink offerings for the burnt offerings. Thus the service of the house of the LORD was restored. And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because God had prepared for the people, for the thing came about suddenly.

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