10-3-2016

        When I was a kid being the typical boy my room usually looked like a nuclear bomb had gone off but of course the carpet never got dirty because the cloths I had thrown on the floor kept it covered and somewhat clean. It use to drive my Father crazy because of course he was a very organized, neat man and I as his only son was not. I’ll never forget when he use to come in my room with that look on his face and say “what would Jesus say about this room”? Honestly I never knew how to answer that question because I had no idea Jesus really cared about my room. Well little did I know then that not only does he care about my room He cares much more about my heart, His home.   

Since as far back as I can remember I have heard that as Christians we are the temple of, the home of, the Holy Spirit the place where God lives here on earth. If you are a believer Christ dwells in your heart not in church buildings. I know we know that in theory but do we do I really understand the ramifications of that? I want to take the next several weeks and look into a passage of scripture I read this mothing that I know can help us get closer to God in a very real way. It may even, through the Holy Spirit, change how we see ourselves and our relationship with God.  It’s 2 Chronicles 29 verse 3 through 5;

In the very first month of the first year of his reign, Hezekiah reopened the doors of the Temple of the Lord and repaired them. He summoned the priests and Levites to meet him at the courtyard east of the Temple. He said to them, “Listen to me, you Levites! Purify yourselves, and purify the Temple of the Lord, the God of your ancestors. Remove all the defiled things from the sanctuary.

Hezekiah’s father was a King named Ahaz who to be frank was a very bad King and father. Here’s a glimps of what he did wrong as King;

The king took the various articles from the Temple of God and broke them into pieces. He shut the doors of the Lord’s Temple so that no one could worship there, and he set up altars to pagan gods in every corner of Jerusalem. He made pagan shrines in all the towns of Judah for offering sacrifices to other gods. In this way, he aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of his ancestors. 2 Chr 28:4-5 NLT

May I remind you of what Heb 4 says about the scriptures, God’s Word;

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

I feel such an anointing just on these scripture I encourage you to just read them and let the Holy Spirit speak to you though them but let me just make a quick observation about this story. Hezekiah had a father who took the articles of the Temple “and broke them into pieces. He shut the doors of the Lord’s Temple so that no one could worship there” and yet Hezekiah in the very first month as King does the exact opposite of what his father did? Look again; “In the very first month of the first year of his reign, Hezekiah reopened the doors of the Temple of the Lord and repaired them.” So get the picture Ahaz destroyed the articles that were holy in the Temple and closed the doors, Hezekiah reopens the doors of the Temple and repairs them. Hezekiah obviously understood the importance of the Temple its need to be open and repaired and he had the heart and desire to do it. The Temple after all is the house of God and that alone makes it important, holy, even sacred. The story continues in chapter 29 and 30 I invite you to look into it yourself and see how God may speak to you. To be continued.