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2 Chronicles

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2 Chronicles 29

2Ch 29:1

Hezekiah began reigning in approx 715 BC (there are some issues and problems with the chronology of this OT period) and ruled for 29 years.

Regarding his faith Hezekiah was the greatest king of Judah (v 5). He did not depart from Yahweh later in life (v 6). Consequently God's blessing rested on him (v 7; cf 2Ki 18 -- 20). His rebellion against Sennacherib (v 7) precipitated Assyria's invasion of Judah (2Ki 18:3 -- 19:36). This was a reversal of his father Ahaz's policy of allying with Assyria (2Ki 16:7-9).

Hezekiah as a type of the Messiah:
  1. A child of promise ("Immanuel"), his great work was prophesied beforehand.
  2. He came to a nation estranged from God.
  3. He cleansed the temple of God, and sanctified the priests for renewed worship.
  4. He called worshipers from the north and from Jerusalem to keep a new Passover.
  5. Even the defiled were accepted through his faith and merits and prayers.
  6. He offered sacrifices for himself and for the people.
  7. He provided living water ("Siloam", Hezekiah's Conduit) to a people ready to perish.
  8. He was afflicted with an incurable sickness (possibly leprosy –- the "sin-disease"), and was in danger of dying without a "seed".
  9. But by a mighty manifestation of the Glory of the Lord, he was miraculously healed on the third day.
  10. The great Invading Adversary was destroyed, and Israel was saved, through his faith.
  11. Afterward, the Land was freed from its enemies, the captives and exiles were restored...
  12. ...And the king was acknowledged as the Anointed of Yahweh by all nations.

2Ch 29:3

IN THE FIRST MONTH OF THE FIRST YEAR OF HIS REIGN: At the very beginning! Hezekiah had been planning this reformation for some time, while he chafed under the increasingly corrupt regime of his father Ahaz.

Ahaz had closed the temple and had set up other centers of worship throughout the land (2Ch 28:24-25). Hezekiah reopened the temple and cleansed it in preparation for reusing it (vv 3, 5). Whereas the writer of Kings described Hezekiah's religious reforms in only one verse: 2Ki 18:4), the chronicler devoted three chapter to them (2Ch 29 -- 31). Hezekiah wanted to rededicate the nation to God (v 10).

HE OPENED THE DOORS OF THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD AND REPAIRED THEM: "What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open" (Isa 22:22).

Open doors: for restored communion (2Ch 29:3); deliverance from prison (Act 5:19); surrender (Rev 3:20); service (1Co 16:9); and opportunity (Rev 3:8).

Shut doors: for safety (Gen 7:16); privacy and communion (Mat 6:6); faith and prayer (2Ki 4:5,21,33); self-sufficiency (Rev 3:20); and separation and rejection (Mat 25:10).

2Ch 29:11

NEGLIGENT: Sw is elsewhere translated "deceive" (or "deceitful"). We must take this to heart as we are also "chosen to stand before Him". Consider Gal 6:7,8 in this context.

2Ch 29:16

THE LEVITES TOOK IT AND CARRIED IT OUT TO THE KIDRON VALLEY: Cp 2Ch 30:14. Idols cast into the Kedron. Cp idols buried under the oak at Shechem (Gen 35:4; Jos 24:23-26).

2Ch 29:35

THE SERVICE OF THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD WAS REESTABLISHED: Or "set in order" (AV). Setting "in order" is a significant thing in the service of God: Gen 22:9; Exo 26:17; 39:37; 40:4,23; Lev 1:7;,8,12; 6:12; 24:8; 1Ki 18:33; 2Ki 20:1; 2Ch 13:11; 29:35; Eze 41:6; Acts 18:23; 1Co 11:34; 14:40; Tit 1:5.

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