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Hezekiah, Part 3. Rick Kabrick.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hezekiah restores the Israelites’ and Jews’ spiritual life and brings many who went astray back to the Lord.

God allows Hezekiah to be the one to defeat the Assyrians.

Hezekiah sins and repents and is given 15 years more to live.

Hezekiah had a basis of thankfulness in his life.

True thankfulness recognizes our total dependence on God and stems from realizing that everything going on in our lives and all we have, and all we have had and even all that we have lost… is the product of God’s sovereign control, His infinite wisdom, His purposes, and His grace.

PSA 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

1TH 5:18 In everything keep on giving thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

It dishonors God and leads to proud humanism or dependence on man rather than God.

ROM 1:21-25 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.  Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Thanklessness promotes pettiness and occupation with self, or people, or problems. That in turn creates depression and feelings of hopelessness because we become focused on our problems rather than on the Lord.

Thanksgiving helps us to see life through the perspective of God’s person, principles, promises, plan, provisions, and purposes. Then, this Godward focus promotes faith and courage in the face of the trying and painful situations that we all eventually face.

The thankless person thinks he deserves what he has or perhaps worse yet…thinks he deserves better than what he has.

The thankful person seeks to triumph and live by the grace of God rather than by his own ingenuity or self-sufficiency.

Hezekiah recognized the need to do the right thing quickly.

Hezekiah did not wait for a crowd.

One man plus the true God is always an unbeatable combination.

His love for other people, and his desire for outreach.

2CH 29:1-2 Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah (“My Father is Yahweh”). He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done.

Unlike David, he (Ahaz) did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD. He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and also made cast idols for worshiping the Baals.

Hezekiah was thankful for life, and he was committed to serving God. Perhaps it had something to do with his mother.

God will also provide a source of encouragement, a source of strength to endure and to be delivered from those circumstances, or through them.

The Lord will provide a source or sources of encouragement, if you put your bitterness, guilt, and thanklessness away.

Somewhere down the road you will become that source of encouragement to someone who may have been dealt that same set or similar set of bad cards.

2CH 29:2-3 He (Hezekiah) did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them.

When the Adversary really gets a hold of somebody’s thought process, it is amazing how anti-God they can become.

2CH 29:3 In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the LORD and repaired them.

2CH 29:4-6 He brought in the priests and the Levites, assembled them in the square on the east side and said: “Listen to me, Levites! Consecrate yourselves now and consecrate the temple of the LORD, the God of your fathers. Remove all defilement from the sanctuary. Our fathers were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the LORD our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away from the LORD’s dwelling place and turned their backs on him.”

Truth is truth, truth was truth before it was uttered, truth was truth after it was uttered, and truth is truth whether you believe it or not.

In 2CH 29:6-10, he tells them that their fathers have been unfaithful and have done evil in the sight of the Lord our God, and have forsaken Him and turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the Lord.

2CH 29:11 My sons, do not be negligent now, for the Lord has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense.

In 2CH 29:15-16, They did it…The priests went in to the inner part of the house of the Lord to cleanse it, and every unclean thing which they found in the temple of the Lord they brought out to the court of the house of the Lord. Then the Levites received it to carry out to the Kidron valley.

It took them 16 full days to accomplish the cleaning.

Forcing people into any religion is always a really bad idea.

“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.”

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