In the last study on King Ahaz, we saw the depths of Ahaz’
wickedness as his worldliness and unfaithfulness to the Lord lead the nation of
2 King 18:1-4 In the third year
of Hoshea son of Elah king
Following on from his father Ahaz, Hezekiah became King at the ripe old age of 25 years old… Now that’s a lot of responsibility on a young mans shoulders but thankfully he had a lot of wisdom packed into those 25 years. How is that possible you ask? Well, the answer comes in verse 5 and 6 for we read –
Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses.
The NASB says that ‘he clung to the Lord’.
I like that! Hezekiah’s wisdom and ability to lead
Now, after destroying ‘the bronze thing’,
we read of several steps that Hezekiah put in place which
lead to the revival in
2 Chron 30:6-12 At the king’s command, couriers went throughout
“People of Israel, return to the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that he may return to you who are left, who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. Do not be like your fathers and brothers, who were unfaithful to the LORD, the God of their fathers, so that he made them an object of horror, as you see. Do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were; submit to the LORD. Come to the sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever. Serve the LORD your God, so that his fierce anger will turn away from you. If you return to the LORD, then your brothers and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will come back to this land, for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”
The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and
Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but the people scorned and ridiculed them. Nevertheless, some men of
Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and
went to Jerusalem. Also in
So the couriers were sent out proclaiming
‘return to the Lord! – Do not be stiff-necked.’ Because of the state of the
peoples hearts we read that many ‘scorned and ridiculed them’ but ‘some men’
repented, humbled themselves and went to
Vs 26 There was great joy in
I’ll just end with this encouraging verse.
What was the end of Hezekiah’s actions? Well, it was great joy, great unity,
and great revival amongst those of
Sow for yourselves righteousness,
reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
for it is time to seek the LORD,
until he comes and showers righteousness on you.
 The incident is recorded in Num 21:8-9 and it is a wonderful
picture of the healing that comes from looking in faith to what Jesus did on
the cross. See John 3:14-15. It was however, never meant to be worshipped in
and of itself! The human heart is strange like that. It always likes something
it can ‘see’. Nearly all forms of false religion have its idols and false
worship of images. The Roman Catholic Church must have its pictures of baby
Jesus, its statues of Mary and its crucifixes with Jesus still on the cross.
Nothing has changed even though the second commandment of the big ten should
prevent such things (Ex 20:4). This is no different from apostate
 It is essential to always keep your eyes on the giver of any gift, and not the gift itself. God warned the Israelites in Deut 8:7-18 that he would give them wealth and prosperity but they had to be very careful that they didn’t then look to that wealth and forget the Lord. The Lord may give you a great pastor of your church. If so, thank Him for that. But don’t worship your pastor! Sometimes the Lord uses an author or teacher to help us. That’s fine but don’t let that person take the place of the Lord! It can even be your own spiritual gift. The Lord may enable you to teach or preach or something else. Great… Good for you! But always remember that it is the Lord’s gifting and enabling, not yours.
 I’ve just recently been reading ‘My Calvary Road’ by Roy Hession. In it he gives his testimony concerning his life and journey with the Lord. At one point he writes ‘I discovered that revival doesn’t come by doing some big thing, but rather by being cleansed of little things, That is, in effect, what Naaman had to see; “My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldst thou have done it? How much rather then when he saith to thee, wash and be clean?” ‘ (2 Kings 5)
Fellowship with God and with one another is based on ‘walking in the light’. (1 John 1.5-10) That is, not hiding things from the Lord (because He sees all anyway!) but by being transparent and open about our ways – willing to repent where and when it is necessary.
 One of the local pastors where I live recently wrote an article for
the newspaper for all to read. It was entitled – ‘You need more money.’ In it
he took a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes out of context and wrote that
‘money is the answer for everything.’ Now, even a brief reading of Ecclesiastes
would show the casual reader that Solomon wrote against this kind of thinking –
but here it is, published in the local newspaper for all to see by a well known
pastor. I wonder what those in the world think when they see us craving that
which they desire. It’s just plain wrong! It’s
 Sorry, couldn’t resist a little, not so subtle dig at what people used to try to passed off as revival a few years ago – that is the so called ‘Toronto Blessing’. When true revival occurs, as we see from the time of Hezekiah, then there is repentance and consecration, not chicken noises!