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2 Chronicles 29

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The Reign of King Hezekiah

2 Chronicles 29

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Lesson Number 19

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Revival is preceded by a determination to change.
  2. Revival is preceded by a dedication to holiness.
  3. Revival is preceded by a desire to worship.

Practical Application

  1. Don't think that rapid revival can't happen.

Questions

  1. What major prophet ministered in Jerusalem during the days of King Hezekiah?
  2. What is the main topic of 2 Chronicles 29?
  3. What was the first act recorded during Hezekiah's reign?
  4. How did the priests and Levites carry out Hezekiah's charge in verse 5?
  5. How does 1 Corinthians 6:19 relate to this passage?

Answers

  1. Isaiah
  2. This chapter records the groundwork being laid for one of the major revivals of God's people.
  3. He opened and repaired the doors of the Temple so that the priests and Levites could go back to the important work that God had called them to do.
  4. The priests and Levites first consecrated themselves by going through a ceremonial washing and separating from anything defiling. To cleanse the Temple, everything unclean from the days of wicked King Ahaz was carried out and buried in the Kidron Valley (verse 16). Then the proper sacrifices were made.
  5. 1 Corinthians 6:19 teaches that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. As the priests and Levites removed what was unclean from the Temple in Hezekiah's day, so we must remove what is unclean in our lives.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Revival, whether corporate or personal, will not happen without a commitment to change. No one drifts into godliness. If your heart is in need of revival, what steps can you determine to make toward change?
  2. In 2 Chronicles 29, the people not only brought the proper sacrifices, but their hearts were in it as well. Consider this definition of worship, "having your mind's attention and your heart's affection focused on the Lord." Do you have a desire to worship?

Challenge

  1. The revival of God's people in Hezekiah's day happened overnight, as it were. The same thing can happen today, in our personal lives or in the life of our fellowship. Have you met the prerequisites for revival?

Key Verses

  • "Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us." 2 Chronicles 29:10
  • "Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced that God had prepared the people, since the events took place so suddenly." 2 Chronicles 29:36

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