Epitaph of Hezekiah

This is the epitaph of Hezekiah, King of Judah from 2 Chronicles 31:21. “In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.”

What an epitaph. Here is a King who went against the culture and re-instituted a just society and Temple worship. What a challenge he had to turn the hearts and minds of his fellow citizens. But he did. And he did it based upon obedience to the law and commands as he sought his God and worked whole-heartedly.

I think this is our challenge in this generation as well. It will take first us getting back to the primacy of the Word, learning the law of God’s love and applying it in all we do. How are we on reading the Bible? How are we on understanding the laws and commands of God and obeying them? The law is simple, it teaches us how to love God by living a love toward all others (aliens, orphans, family and neighbors). I didn’t say it was easy, but it is rather simple. How do you love God according to the law? By loving others. How do you love others, by not doing stupid stuff and by being gracious as God is gracious to you.

To see true reform in our time we need to be about two very important jobs: prayer and work. Hezekiah prospered it says because, “in obedience to the law he sought his God and worked whole-heartedly.” In effect, he read His Bible, went to pray-meeting, and worked in a local church ministry. In everything he undertook, it says, he sought God and worked with his whole-heart. Let us strive to emulate the Bible-studying, prayerful, and hardworking Hezekiah.

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