MONDAY 17TH DECEMBER, 2018
THEME: REVIVAL LIKE OF OLD
TEXT: 2 CHRONICLE 29 VS 1-36
MEMORY VERSE: 2 CHRONICLE 29: 36 “Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people since the events took place so suddenly.”
Hezekiah came to the throne when Judah was at its lowest ebb spiritually under his father, King Ahaz. (28: 24-25). His father led the entire Israel astray especially by joining other gentile nations in the worship of idols (28:22). Ahaz sought alliance with Syrian King, Tiglath-pileser against the advice of Prophet Isaiah.
King Hezekiah broke away from what he knew and met. He was a good son of a bad father. He restored the worship of God as it was originally meant to be (vs. 15). As a restorer, he resolved to bring the whole Israel back to where she truly belonged in worship and her place in God’s agenda (vs. 10). Doing so is the only guarantee to averting the wrath of God. Can you identify what the seven things Ahab did which attracted the anger of God against them in vs. 6-8? Things went so bad that the door of the temple was shut while that of idols was open; rubbish accumulated to the temple to the point that it took the priests and Levites 8 days to get rid of them (16-17). Many of the holy places of worship had been shut from the true purpose and desecrated by unholy activities, and accumulated a lot of rubbish. We have a responsibility to restore God’s presence to His temple.
Are you one of those who practice unholy things in the Church or grumbles because the sermon is either ‘too long’ or that the preacher has you in mind concerning his/ her sermon? Repent before God’s anger is kindled against you. We are the temple of God where the Holy Spirit dwells. What kind of rubbish can be traced to your life and heart? Is the door of your heart shut against God but open to sin or witchcraft? When last did God receive from you an acceptable sacrifice (Rom 12:1, 2). Like Hezekiah purged Judah and the Temple of all rubbish, check your life and ensure today that no dross/rubbish is left behind. Though Hezekiah may have the right to blame his father (Ahaz) for any misbehaviour, each person will be held accountable for his own sin (2 Cor. 5:10).
HYMN: EMHB 738 – REVIVE THY WORK, O LORD,
PRAYER: Eternal father, purge me from all inadequacies and misbehaviour and restore me back to the person You want me to be through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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