The Kingdom of Israel has been carried away into captivity and scattered among the nations to this day. The Kingdom of Judah survived a little longer before being carried away to Babylon. Both committed the same sin. They turned from the Lord their God to false gods and performed wickedness in God’s land and among God’s people. Most of this sin was lead by their Kings. The Kingdom of Israel had no good kings after their split from Judah. The Kingdom of Judah had but a few good kings. Towards the end of the Kingdom of Judah, one king emerged that out-shined them all. His name was Hezekiah.
2 Kings 18:5 (NKJV) — 5 [Hezekiah] trusted in the LORD God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him.
That is an amazing statement in scripture. There were none like him before or after in the Kingdom of Judah. Just before this, the Bible says he was like his father David.
2 Kings 18:3 (NKJV) — 3 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done.
The Bible continues to explain exactly what it was that he did.
2 Kings 18:6 (NKJV) — 6 For he held fast to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.
He did not depart from following God, but kept the commandments that God gave through Moses. This is important. You see, the kingdom will eventually lose the Bible, literally. It becomes misplaced somewhere in the Temple. Hezekiah’s son Manasseh that reigns after him is quite possibly one the most wicked men ever to reign on the earth. It is likely during his evil reign that the Bible is lost. They lose the book that contains the Holy Scriptures and the commandments God gave to Moses. They lose the book that chronicled their covenant promises from God. It will not be found until Hezekiah’s great grandson sits on the throne.
But Hezekiah followed the word and didn’t depart from it.
Neglecting the word is the most dangerous place you can be. By neglecting the word, evil and wickedness will slip into your life. Chaos and disaster are the rule of the day. When you don’t know either the commandments or the promises of God, you can’t help but to slip into sin. But, we are called to be holy, separated unto God, separated from the world. This is only possible through His Word. By being in His Word and letting Him speak through the Holy Spirit to us, we are drawn into a relationship with Him in Jesus Christ. Hezekiah had a relationship. That is what made him hold fast to the Lord.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – 1 Chronicles 1-2
- Day 2 – 1 Chronicles 3-5
- Day 3 – 1 Chronicles 6
- Day 4 – 1 Chronicles 7-8
- Day 5 – 1 Chronicles 9-11
- Day 6 – 1 Chronicles 12-14
- Day 7 – 1 Chronicles 15-17