Hezekiah was a dangerous king. He portrayed himself as a God-fearing king, but he was not. Even the enemies of God knew he was a fraud. It was of God's mercy that the people of Israel did not rebel more against him. It is important a godly leader to be a godly leader.
This week we continue in Thessalonians with Paul's prayer to the Lord regarding his request for them to grow in Love toward one another and the others. We take a look at love and the perversion of love in our culture. We look at our responsibility to bring truth in the form of God's word to our neighbors. The world's notion that all reproof and correction is hating others is false and unscriptural. Leviticus 19:17 shows us that we have a responsibility to bring reproof to our neighbor and that if we don't we hate our neighbor. Proverbs 13:24 shows us that if we keep training, reproof and discipline from our children we are in fact hating them. We also look at the blue print of building spiritual Love in our lives with 2 Peter 1:5-8. Lastly we are see that if we are reproved that we are to not ignore it but to turn towards that reproof and correction. Proverbs 1:23.
This week we continue in Thessalonians with Paul's prayer to the Lord regarding visiting the believing church in Thessalonica and his request for them to grow in Love toward one another and the others. We look at man's tendency to be prowd of his accomplishments and when the Lord humbles them for it. We look at the OT law about loving one's neighbor in Lev 19 and see how far astray our culture and even sometimes the church is in obeying such commands. I quote and critique statements by Marx and Kendi in light of Leviticus. We finish with Paul's commendation of the Thessalonians in the second letter for their love for each other.
In 2 Kings 20 verse 1 the prophet Isaiah came to King Hezekiah and said, "Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order." What does that mean and what did Hezekiah do? Listen to this sermon to find out and to find out how you can apply it to your life.
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Since this is Labor Day, this is the perfect time to examine what Proverbs mentions about work. Some people work, and some only talk about working. Still others talk when they should be working. The clear-cut contrasts in this proverb are…labor versus talk .profit versus poverty. This is a simple proverb contrasting productive performance with mere talk. People who work hard are rewarded with profit, but those who do not work lack life's necessities. Laziness is a problem within society, no matter where it is uncovered. Lazy people are inefficient, less productive, more likely to have accidents, and fail to contribute all they can to society. Lazy workers produce less; lazy students learn less; and lazy property owners have unkempt, unattractive, and deteriorating properties. These proverbs should speak to the heart of the lazy. A tekton was 'someone who could work with wood, metal, or stone. He could be a builder, a mason, or a carpenter. In Jesus' Palestinian context, it probably denoted a woodworking handyman.'' Jesus knew what it was like to do difficult work. The creator of the universe (John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2) was a laborer.
On the night of his arrest, Jesus prayed to the Father, ''I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do'' (John 17:4). In all of his work-whether it was his work as a carpenter, his work as a teacher, or his work as a Savior dying for the sins of the world-Jesus glorified the Father.
Hezekiah was considered the best king Judah ever had. He refused to put his trust in the "great king of Assyria", Sennacherib, but fully trusted Jehovah, putting the LORD over governments. The question for us is, who do we trust? And if you say, God; how well do you know Him? In truth, to know Him well, is to know His Word well, because it is in His Word, Jehovah reveals Himself.
God's people are tried, and so is God's King. Hezekiah was faithful, yet Hezekiah was attacked by Assyria. We see in 2 Chrionicles 32 how Hezekiah defied Assyria, and Assyria defied God. We see God's deliverance of Hezekiah, and the danger of prosperity. And most of all, we see the need of the perfect King, the Lord Jesus.
The Passover was God's great appointed feast for his people, pointing back to redemption from Egypt and forward to redemption by Christ. We see in Hezekiah's Passover the true preparation, the Passover grace, and the praise of God's people, and are pointed to the Lord's Supper and its true meaning and grace.
The church exists to worship. When the church is corrupted, it must be reformed that true worship can exist again. In Hezekiah we see a reforming king who understands that reformation and revival are closely linked. In the same way Christ revives his Church through Reformation.