The early years of King Hezekiah’s reign, as noted in 2 Chronicles 29, provide a fascinating case study regarding the expansive quality of faith. Let me explain. 2 Chronicles 29:2 states that Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his relative King David had done long before him. This implies that Hezekiah maintained a personal appreciation for Scripture. That he gave offerings to the Lord, and prayed regularly. In short, Hezekiah lived a life of obedience and inward contrition. But faith, by its very nature, longs to be exercised and made visible outwardly. And so Hezekiah went about reforming Judah in a very logical, strategic way – by engaging the immediate world around him. Hezekiah met first with the religious community, and implored the Levites to get their spiritual affairs in order (making the temple spiritually and ritualistically clean, making themselves spiritually clean, ridding the city of idolatry, and so forth). Next King Hezekiah gathered elders and city officials and led them to worship at the temple, and observe sacrifices, including a sin offering. Finally, Hezekiah called for a corporate Passover, which evidently had not been recognized in Jerusalem for many years. In all of this we find a faith so prominent, and persuasive, that Hezekiah’s enthusiasm for the Lord impacted an entire community. And this is what a genuine, uncompromising faith has the power to do. So may we engage the world around us in faith, and in love, and in truth.
2 Chronicles 29:30 “Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced at what God had brought about for his people, because it was done so quickly.’’ (NIV)
Kevin Orr (7/1/2019)