Hezekiah ascended to the throne as the king of Judah at the age of 25 years after the death of his idolatrous father Ahaz,  The time of his reign pleased the Lord, unlike his father who worshiped idol. He was commended for taking after the good king David; while his father was condemned for taking after the kings of Israel, especially, king Jeroboam I.

Before he became king, his father had created many problems for him to inherit, among which are,

  1. The house of the Lord was shut up by his father, Ahaz
  2. Ahaz rendered the Priests and the Levites non-functioning
  3. The house of the Lord was filthy and dirty
  4. There was spiritual decadence in the kingdom
  • Trespasses
  • Evil
  • People forsaking the Lord
  • People turned their faces away from the house of the Lord
  • Doors of the vestibule was shut
  • Lamps in the temple was out
  • No burning of incense
  • No burnt offering in the holy place

 Spiritual implication of these problems

You are the temple of the Lord

I want every Christian to see him/her self as the temple of the Lord; imagine somebody like Ahaz who represents the devil would shut the door of your heart which belongs to God; all sorts of unimaginable things will fill your heart and defile you. The scripture says,

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (1Cor. 3:16-17).

Ahaz can represent a Christian who shut the door of the house of the Lord when his/her behavior and attitude opposes the attributes of the Christianity he/she professes. Or, a Christian who by his/her waywardness has yielded to satanic ministration and enticements and thus his/her heart becomes darkened. A temple whose doors are shut would be completely dark inside. So is a Christian who shut the door if his/her heart to God is going to suffer blindness of the heart; such a Christian would be doing that which is contrary to the will of God (Rom. 1:28).

A blinded and darkened heart will suffer the following spiritual implications of those problems mentioned earlier,

  • Non-functioning Priests represents the word of God and Levites represents workers in the house of God. When your heart is shut or the devil blinded your heart to the things of God, the word of God will be very scarce to you, or lacking the understanding of that word. When Eli was old and his children who suppose to fill the priestly post were wayward, the Bible says that the word of God was scarce and there was no revelation (1Sam. 3:1).
  • When the house of the Lord is shut, the Christian’s heart is hardened and would not allow for the word of God to sanctify it. It is therefore prone to all sorts of satanic deposit which makes the heart full of filthy and dirty things.
  • These deposits are summed up as spiritual decadence – sin and its power, worldliness and all forms of ungodliness is bound to dominate such life.
  • A heart that is shut up, devoid of the word of God and full of debris would have its lamps burn out because there is no way to attend to the lamp stand to put oil. Moreover, the spiritual light would be darkened. The spiritual lamp of a Christian is the power of the Holy Spirit in him/her. Such a Christian is blinded inward and lacks understanding.
  • Whoever falls into this terrible situation cannot please God neither can he presents him/her self as a living sacrifice to the Lord. His/her worship is unholy and unacceptable.

The above shows the deplorable state that the nation of Judah was during the reign of Ahaz. In as long as he refused God to intervene in his reign, he was subjected to a reprobate mind. Thus he left a lot of problems as inheritance for his son Hezekiah either to continue in it or to mop it up and start a new relationship with God.

 First thing first; zeal for the house of God

First response of Hezekiah after his ascension to the throne was to bring God back to the nation of Judah and Israel; by moping up these messes that his father had created. The work of the house of God began on the first day of the first month of his reign. The Bible says

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).

Hezekiah did not ask for anything from God, but he found it necessary first to restore worshiping of God back toJudah. How did he accomplish this? The Bible says

“In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. Then he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the East Square, and said to them: “Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place” (1Chro. 29:3-5).

Hezekiah first move was to

  1. Open the house of the Lord, the right step toward spiritual renewal.
  2. Repair all the damages that had occurred during the looting and neglect of the temple
  3. He reunited the Priests and the Levites, a move to start worship
  4. Ordered for the cleaning and carrying out of debris from the temple;

Hezekiah wasted no time to normalize all anomalies and restore worship order.

Every Christian one way or the other had been a victim of ignorance, either inherited or committed. What do I mean? To be a victim of ignorance means one is in an evil state which was the result of an action carried out by or on behalf of someone without wisdom, knowledge and understanding. A person might be suffering from the consequences of the wickedness committed by his/her ancestors. Or, one may be suffering as a result of an undertaking embarked upon without having the knowledge of whether it was right or wrong.

However, what should be our reaction when we realized that things are not right, or as a Christian when we know that our ways is not pleasing unto the Lord. The first priority is to clean up and right the wrongs before asking for anything. This was exactly what Hezekiah did. He cleaned up the mess and restored worship in the house of the Lord.

Likewise, as Christians (the temple of God) where the Holy Spirit dwells; we need to clean up, that is, rid ourselves of any trespasses or whatever is distancing us from God and restore good relationship with Him again; how?

  • Examine your life
  • Identify things you need to rid yourself of – sin, worldliness, waywardness, ungodly traits, evil associations etc.
  • Pray for Holy Ghost empowerment to help accomplish this; it is not a warfare of the flesh
  • Present yourself as a living sacrifice by not forsaking the congregation of the children of God – devoted and dedicated to the services of the house of God; e.g. Sunday services, prayer meeting, bible study etc.

 Do not procrastinate to do things of God first

There is the need to act quickly, procrastination could be disastrous and bring about permanent delay. Hezekiah’s first priority was to put the house of God in order; likewise, as a Christian, you need to put your life (the temple of God) in order. This is like putting on the whole armor of God; being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might; which the bible says is profitable in three areas

  1. To stand against the wiles of the devil
  2. Having the ability to withstand and stand in the evil day
  3. To quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph. 6: 10, 13, 16)

The effect of Hezekiah’s spiritual and physical action concerning the house of God and his own life is evident in the supernatural victory which the Lord gave him over his adversary, Sennacherib, the king of Assyria.

God is our defender

As Christians, if we do the things of God first, most especially, giving our lives to Him, he is able to defend us to the end. The psalmist says,

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps 121:1-4).

When we give our lives to Christ, we become a big threat to the kingdom of the devil; conversely, we become the target of the devil. He threatens us from time to time; however, because we have given our lives to Christ, the Lord defends us in times of trouble.

 When trouble comes

We must remember that 99percent of all the troubles we encounter in life cannot be solved with money; therefore, when we are faced with problems, especially, threats or spiritual warfare, it is not fought with the flesh. The enemy of Hezekiah was Sennacherib; not only did he threaten him; he intended to subjugate him. However, the Lord would not allow Sennacherib to even enterJerusalem. How did Hezekiah gain this favor?

At first Hezekiah wanted to bribe Sennacherib, but it was not enough. Sennacherib kept on threatening until Hezekiah had nothing to offer anymore. No one can bribe the devil; one becomes his vassal and his servant forever. But as Christians, we are no more under the bondage of satan; we have been liberated: what the bible advised us to do is,

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1).

The threat of the enemy, especially to children of God is to discourage and destroy the people’s faith in their God. Our focus should be on the Lord to crush our foes before us.

Two times that Sennacherib sent to threaten Hezekiah; he went before God to table his matter. He did not form any alliance with any nation; rather, his alliance was with the man of God, Isaiah, who joined him in prayer before the Lord for help. Who is your prayer partner? The Bible says,

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”

(Jas. 5:16)

Because Hezekiah aligned himself with Isaiah, a godly man to pray for help from God, he received a favorable answer. This is an excerpt of the reply to his prayer,

“He (Sennacherib or your adversary) shall not come into this city (Jerusalemor around you),
Nor shoot an arrow there,
Nor come before it with shield,
Nor build a siege mound against it.

By the way that he came,
By the same shall he return;
And he shall not come into this city (everything pertaining to you),’
Says the Lord.
‘For I will defend this city (you), to save it
For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.’” (2Ki. 19:32-34)

What wonders me most but not surprising is the many ways the Lord fight His battles. The method he uses for “A” will be different from that of “B”. He uses nature to cause natural disaster through spoken word; he uses terrestrial (human beings) as well as celestial (angels); He does not fight with number to give victory to His children; what a marvelous God!

The Lord said that Sennacherib will not come toJudah, how did He accomplish this? Sennacherib received a message, recalling him to his country. This was the same recall that He used to stop king Saul from pursuing David.

On another occasion that the servants of Sennacherib came with a letter to threaten Hezekiah again, he went one-on-one with God by spreading the letter before God in the temple. The Lord again answered his prayer. When the Lord sent to Hezekiah to prepare his home that he was going to die, he prayed again to the Lord and the Lord extended years by adding another fifteen years to his age.

What am I saying here, because Hezekiah had prepared his heart to take care of things of God first; God now in return granted him all his requests. Hezekiah is not different from any Christian; if a Christian can put God first in his affairs, He is faithful to reward us greatly more abundant than we can imagined.

Beware of complacency

As human beings, we sometimes like to go overboard; especially when God gives us rest roundabout. This is one of the reasons Apostle Paul exhorts us to be careful; having this in mind that the devil is always looking for the slightest opened occasions to strike us. However, this happens when we are loose and allow him to catch us unaware.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1Pet. 5:8).

When God had granted all Hezekiah‘s requests, he was filled with pride. Unconsciously, he opened the door of his empire and showoff all the treasures that he had and his greatness to the Babylonia envoys that will come in future to destroy and loot the kingdom.

As Christians, we cannot afford to be careless or loose. Every part of our body must be vigilant to what is happening around us – what we see; what we hear; what we feel; and what we smell.

To be like Hezekiah

  • Allow the Lord Jesus to use his winnowing fan to cleanse you thoroughly of any chaff-like that is not of God (Luke 3:17)
  • Allow Jesus Christ to cleanse you, the temple of the Lord, of anything that is buying and selling which war against truth and righteousness in your life (Matt. 21:12-13
  • You have to be filled with the Holy Spirit for grace and empowerment to place God first in your life (Matt. 6:33) and to keep your lamp burning
  • Let the zeal of the house of the Lord eats you up – surrender your all unto the Lord. (Ps 69:9)

If you put God first in your life , the Lord will provide, protect, and preserve you to the end, and He will guide your heart from being lifted up against Him.


By Lawrence Abitogun


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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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