The Mercy of God

When Hezekiah re-opened the temple, repaired its doors and commanded the priests to clean out the “filth,” excitement rippled through the nation. The Passover was coming. Israel was returning to God. But the calendar was unbendable. Hezekiah desperately wanted to celebrate the Passover and to celebrate it right, on time. He was endeavoring to meet…

A National Passover

We pick up with the story of Hezekiah. Next, he called for a national Passover (2 Chronicles 30:26), something that had not happened for at least 150 years. He sent messengers – evangelists, in a sense – all over the countryside with the invitation to join in the revival at the newly opened national worship…

A National Renewal Strategy

Our nation needs revival and renewal. What if we applied Hezekiah’s strategy for our own nation? FIRST – The Priestly/Pastoral Leaders:  The first call has to be for the priesthood, the spiritual leaders, to consecrate themselves. The King ordered the priests to get right with God, to rid their lives of anything that would be…

Hope from Judah’s Past

When my son was much younger, he pointed out something and remarked with a gleam in his eye, “That’s bad!” I responded, “No, that’s good!” He shook his head, “Dad, you don’t understand – that’s bad, that’s ‘dudeish’ bad.” I remember saying, “I don’t know about the ‘dudeish’ part, but I do know that’s ‘good’…

Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 4

“…and turn…” The fruit of prayer is action. Humility is a starting place – but words are not enough. Now resolve must be demonstrated by transformed actions. ‘We’ must turn. Young’s Translation says ‘turn back.’ We are approaching some cataclysmic point. Thus we model righteousness and restraint, hoping the nation will follow. ‘We the people’…

Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 3

“… and pray…” The word here is palal – to intercede. It is a courtroom term implying God as Judge. Here we act as an advocate for another, appealing in their behalf. First, we humble ourselves repenting; and only then can we represent the nation. The Douay-Rheims Bible says we, “…being converted,” ourselves having experienced…

Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 2

“…will humble themselves…” The Septuagint substitutes ‘repent’ for ‘humble.’  Humility is the heart posture, repentance is the evidentiary action. Believers today are so resistant to repentance. Oblivious and in denial about our own sins, we comfort ourselves that they are less egregious than national wickedness. The problem is that a culture so far from Biblical…