Again, what a breath of fresh air it must have been for Judah to have a Godly man on the throne once more! In the first month of his reign, Hezekiah reopened and repaired the Temple. He also commanded the priests and Levites to consecrate that holy place because he intended to bring the nation into a covenant relationship with God again. Even the old songs of David and Asaph, most likely the psalms, were sung in reverential worship. It was truly a national revival!
Does God issue any commands?
- God had commanded in the law that the priests and Levites consecrate themselves for His service. At the command of Hezekiah they did so again according to the words of the LORD.
Does God make any promises?
- The last verse of the chapter says that God had prepared the people for the work that Hezekiah commanded them to do. A promised blessing is always present when God prepares the people for worship! (The promise is that He will be in their midst.)
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- The sacrifices that Hezekiah had the priests and Levites restore to the Temple worship are all pictures of the atoning work of Jesus on the cross.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- This time of God working in the hearts of people, leading to revival and worship, pictures a future time when God will do the same world-wide. This will follow a darker time (the Tribulation) than the reign of Ahaz, but the LORD will work mightily to prepare the people just as He did in the days of Hezekiah.