Hezekiah Cleanses The Temple

2 Chr 29:1- 36

Hezekiah began to reign as king in place of Ahaz his father, at the age of twenty five. Unlike his father, Hezekiah had a heart and passion for God.

From the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. He also called all the priests together and told them to sanctify themselves first, and then the house of the Lord. The temple was already at this time filled with much filth from the previous generation. The temple worship had been abandoned, the doors shut, no incense burnt, and no offerings made to God. These were the things Hezekiah was set to change.

So the priests, having been charged by Hezekiah, cleanse themselves first and then went to work and cleansed up the whole temple within eight days, bringing out every filth and uncleanness found. They finished the whole work by the sixteenth day, and reported to Hezekiah.

After the cleansing of the priests and the temple, Hezekiah moved on to the leaders and the whole nation. He rallied everyone together and both sins offerings and burnt offerings were offered to God for the whole land. What a king!

When people set their hearts on God, many things are possible. A whole nation, a whole people could be cleansed when a single man makes himself available for God’s purpose. Will you be that man?

Some verses to remember

vs 2-3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.

28  And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order.

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Jehoshaphat Appoints Judges

2 Chr 19:1-11

Man at his best is still man, and apart from Christ, we see no man without any flaws.

When Jehoshaphat returned from the war he went with Ahab, Jehu, the seer, went to him and admonished him. His fault was that he was helping the ungodly and loved them that hated God. For this reason, God’s wrath would be upon him. However because of the other good things Jehoshaphat had done in taking away the groves for idol worshipping, and setting his heart to seek God, the judgement was tempered.

We later read that Jehoshaphat went through Judah and set judges throughout the land. He charged them to be careful how they judge, as the judge for God and not man. He also appointed Levites to judge controversies in Jerusalem, and to ensure the people do not break God’s laws, and attract his wrath.

Jehoshaphat indeed had a heart for God, always seeking and trying to do what was right for the name of the Lord, and seeing to it that others also follow in God’s statutes and laws. God is still looking for such men today, will you be available?

Some verses to remember

vs 9:  And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

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Jehoshaphat joins Ahab in Battle

2 Chr 18:1-34

Jehoshaphat the king of Judah visited Ahab, and Ahab along with his servants decided that they should take Ramoth Gilead from the Syrians. He invited Jehoshaphat to come along with him in the battle, but the king of Judah was interested in knowing what God thought about the war.

So, Ahab gathered up to four hundred prophets together, and they all prophesied that the king should go ahead that God would deliver to him Ramoth Gilead. I am not sure exactly what Jehoshaphat saw, but it was as though he could sense there was something wrong somewhere, so he asked Ahab if there were still no other prophets of the Lord. AT this point Ahab admitted that there was one he had omitted, by the name Micaiah, because he always prophesied evil against him. Is it not amazing how we listen for only what we want to hear as opposed to the truth. Ahab was contented to have false prophets so far their declarations were in his favour.

Eventually, Micaiah was summoned, and though he initially went along with the other prophets, at further demand by the king, he made him to know the truth that had been decided in the spiritual realms. God had allowed a false, lying spirit to deceive the other prophets in order to bring judgement on Ahab. It was like a self-fulfilling prophesy, despite this truth Ahab still went ahead to battle, locking Macaiah in till his return.

The king however did not return, he was smitten in battle by the bow of an unnamed man, and by evening he was dead from the wound, with blood all over his chariot. Though Jehoshaphat was in the same battle, and even disguised like the only king, his own life was spared when he cried out to God.

Who are you listening to? What are you listening to? The truth or deceptive lies that bring about destruction? Watch-out!

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The Peaceful Reign of Jehoshaphat

2 Chronicles 17: 1-19

You are welcome back! You might have been wondering why we have had no new post for a while? The reason is not far-fetched. Most of the history highlighted in 2 Chronicles so far (Solomon, Rehoboam, Jeroboam….) have already been dealt with or spoken about in our study of 1 Kings, So in order to avoid repetitions, they were omitted. You will do well to check the study on 1 Kings.

In today’s study, Jehoshaphat took over from Asa his father as king in Judah. We were told that he walked in they ways of God as David did. He sought God and and obeyed his commandments, so God established his kingdom. He also took away the high places where people burned incense to idols.

God granted Jehoshaphat peace so much that even the Philistines brought gifts to him. Indeed, when a man’s ways pleases the Lord, He would cause even his enemies to be at peace with him. We do ourselves a lot of good and favour when we seek to please God.

Jehoshaphat’s mighty men of war were Adnah, Jehohanan, Amasiah, Eliada and Jehozabad. all these were captain over thousands of men, and they waited on Jehoshaphat.

Will you seek God?

Some verses to remember

3-5: And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; But sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.

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