October 27, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for 2 Chronicles 29-32
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Context: Today’s reading examines the reign of Hezekiah, king of Judah. Hezekiah was a good king, who led Israel in a revival and a time of peace and prosperity. This is remarkable considering Hezekiah became king after Ahaz, who depleted Israel of her resources, was betrayed by Assyria, and had been defeated in battle. It was a low point in Judah’s history. Hezekiah was the greatest king since David, as these four chapter’s show. Hezekiah’s top priority was to restore the temple and the worship within. Hezekiah destroyed all items of idolatry, including the bronze serpent of Moses, which once stood as a symbol of faith but had since become nothing more than an idol. Not only did Hezekiah restore the temple, he restored worship within the temple, holy living, honesty, and integrity. Hezekiah made it a point to celebrate the Passover, even though it was late (authority for this is given in Numbers 9:10-11). In fact, Hezekiah extended to the celebration another week! Hezekiah also asks the Lord to forgive those who did not sanctify themselves before celebrating Passover. They were forgiven, as they were ignorant and their hearts were seeking the Lord. The condition of our heart is more important that religious ceremony. Faith and trust in the Lord deliver the city from Sennacherib, king of Assyria. The Lord spared Hezekiah from death, giving him 15 more years of life. During that time, Hezekiah became prideful and flaunted the wealth of Judah to Babylon, which would later cause problems. We must always remember that what we have is given by the Lord. We cannot take credit.