Original Entry Date 3/24/2015:
All through the Old Testament we read about kings in Israel and Judah, rising to power and then dying. Many of them were deemed evil, turning the people away from the Lord.
These evil Kings would rise to power. And we would read, “…and he did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord.”
Then, every so often, a king with a heart for the Lord would rise. He would clean up the mess or the former, turning the hearts of the people back to God.
King Hezekiah was one of those where we read,”…And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord…”
(For more about Hezekiah read the following entries Symbolization: True Worship to God and Symbolization: Sanctification and Cleansing the Temple)
At the end of Chapter 29 we read how Hezekiah brought order back to the House of the Lord, restoring true worship and burnt offerings to God alone. All of the people rejoiced with gladness of heart. The Passover came to Hezekiahs mind:
The runners went throughout the lands proclaiming to all who would listen:
Now here is where things get interesting. Thinking of God in the OT, I think of the danger of being unclean and to enter His Presence. Remember, the High Priest wore bells on his garments. The sound would reassure those outside that he had not fallen dead after entering the Holy Place.
In the next portion of scripture, we read of this mass of people, approaching the Lord. They are ceremonially unclean by the standards of the Law. But their hearts desire is for the Living God:
Through the Blood of Christ, the Passover Lamb, we can enter Gods Presence. And Jesus, our Intercessor stands in the gap for us. Here we see Hezekiah as a symbol of Jesus interceding for us as we come to the Lord:
Thank You, Lord Jesus. You are at the Right Hand of God, in all Your Glory and in all Your splendor. But Your thoughts and desire are set on us. There is no greater love than this, I pray that we Love in this same manner, Lord. Amen
other good readsRead more: Symbolization: To Be Ceremonially Clean