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Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it.  —Jeremiah 6:16
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Hezekiah

Messenger: Hezekiah
Focus: Judah / Jerusalem
Time Period: 715–686 BC

Hezekiah
Hezekiah Calling the City Officials

 

Crisis

King Hezekiah succeeded his Father Ahaz, who during his reign defiled the temple. Ministry and worship in the house of God has ceased. Furthermore, his father also tried to make alliances with his enemies through bribes and the worship of their gods. This caused the rest of Judah to worship false gods. The Lord was provoked to jealousy and humbled Judah because of their idolatry. Hezekiah assumed the throne at a time when the Lord was angry with Judah.

Response

Hezekiah's first initiative was to open the temple doors and restore the Levites to cleanse the temple. After this Hezekiah called all the city officials to an assembly and offered sacrifices to God for their sins. He stationed the Levites to sing and play instruments in the temple as David ascribed. The King's command went out to all the people to return to the Lord. He wrote letters to summon the Northern and Southern Kingdoms to come to the temple and celebrate the Passover. An entire fourteen days are devoted to seek the Lord and worship Him.

Outcome

As a result there was great joy in Jerusalem. The Lord restored the nation to glory not seen since king Solomon over 200 years prior.
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“Then Hezekiah commanded them to offer the burnt offering on the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD also began, with the trumpets and with the instruments of David king of Israel. So all the assembly worshiped, the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.”
—2 Chronicles 29:27–28
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