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2 Chronicles 29: Cleaning up the Temple

Some people like to make excuses. They would rather blame the circumstances that they are put in a rather than step up and make them better.

In 2 Chronicles 29, it is a good thing that Hezekiah was not like that. He inherited Judah in a pretty sad state after the mess that Ahaz made. Nevertheless, he immediately got around to taking steps in the right direction.

2Ch 29:5  and said to them, “Hear me, Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, and consecrate the house of the LORD, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the Holy Place.

2Ch 29:6  For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done what was evil in the sight of the LORD our God. They have forsaken him and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD and turned their backs.

It is kind of sad that the people of Judah allowed such a beautiful building that served such an important purpose to fall into utter disrepair. We find out later that it took all of the priests that were there 16 days to entirely clean everything out.

That is a pretty major job, but it is one that Hezekiah wanted to be done.

He could have simply folded up and not done anything. The generation before that made such a mess that maybe trying to clean up and make everything better could have taken too much effort. The status quo would have certainly been easier.

Regardless, he knew that that was not a good response. He knew that the house of God needed to be a place that would indeed honor God. Not only that, but he was happy about the end result.

2Ch 29:36  And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because God had provided for the people, for the thing came about suddenly.

He knew that God was with them and was helping them. It seems like that made all of the effort worthwhile.


Exodus 39: Leaders Care about Their Followers

As a leader, it is important to make sure that all your followers recognize that you value them.

Exo 39:42  According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.

Exo 39:43  And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.

When all of this work was done and Moses saw that everything was done in the way that God had commanded, he blessed the people of Israel.

It is important to remember that if any of us are put in a leadership position, we need to make sure that we are indeed the right type of leader. Here are some guidelines from 1 Timothy that are typically applied to pastors, but I believe we all can learn from them wherever we are in life.

1Ti 3:1  This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

1Ti 3:2  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

1Ti 3:3  Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

1Ti 3:4  One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

I think that the particular tie between these two passages comes exactly from the word hospitality. Hospitality essentially means that you enjoy being with people and interacting with them. Obviously, part of that is appreciating people for what they are capable of doing.

This almost makes me think about how Jesus led while He was here on earth. He was definitely in charge, but He cared about His people. When people were sick, He healed them. He was involved in their lives like He was with Mary and Martha when Lazarus died.

You need to stay in touch with the people you are leading, and it is great that Moses was doing that at the end of Exodus. Leadership is a responsibility rather than a right, so if you are in a leadership position, you need to put forth your best effort to help those who are following you.