Archive for June, 2017

(This passage is also referenced in 2 Kings 18:1-12)

King Hezekiah started his reign by ordering the purification of the temple, to undo his father’s, King Ahaz’s, neglect and compromise.  He put this before the political, economic or international problems which Judah also faced.  He made plain to his people that the truthful exercise of their faith was the right place to start in recovering their national integrity and success, and that it was vital to get their faith right, first getting rid of the idolatry that Ahaz had allowed and, secondly, re-introducing their observation of the requirements of God’s law.

Hezekiah got people working on the project quickly and the work was completed in a commendably short space of time.  This suggests that there was, amongst the priests and Levites, a good number of people who shared his vision for restoration.  The work was followed immediately by a day of confession, sacrifice and worship.  The sacrifices were of a number that well exceeded the law’s requirements.  Music and singing followed the pattern laid down by King David.

We are now, ourselves, under the new covenant established through Jesus’s death for us on the cross and His resurrection into new life.  We are no longer obligated to follow the detailed laws of the Old Testament for atonement, but we are required to walk in God’s ways and follow His commands.  Our lives can sometimes under-shoot God’s wishes for us because we neglect spending time with Him, but also because we incorporate in our lives behaviours that are effectively as idolatrous as Ahaz’s introduction of false altars in God’s temple.

We are very reliant these days on digital technology and, if we compromise our Norton or McAfee defences and our computer gets infected, we have to do a scan and either isolate or delete the malware.  Our spiritual walk is rather more complicated as we have to confess and repent of admitting or inviting sin into our hearts and minds.  Jesus’s sacrifice is all-powerful in atoning for our sins, but we still have to do the deletion phase ourselves, clearing out of our lives the inappropriate activity and the baggage that may otherwise be left behind in our minds or homes.










If a new (executive) monarch wanted to clean up this country, where would s/he begin?  And who would s/he use – Government, Parliament, the church or the people?

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