Hezekiah seems like the kind of person people were drawn to, a magnet for the people of Israel. Although his father, Ahaz, didn’t do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, Hezekiah did. In the first month of his first year, he swung open the doors of the temple (that’s if they could swing at all) and decided to restore it.
It makes one wonder if he had been waiting anxiously for his opportunity to sweep into the building and start making reforms. Maybe he kept a blueprint under his pillow. He certainly kept the dream in his heart.
Hezekiah employed and encouraged the people, as any good leader does, and spoke of the covenant he longed to make with God on their behalf (2 Chron. 29:10-11). In a mere sixteen days, the Levites cleansed and consecrated the temple and walked into the newly renovated building, where they slaughtered animals to make atonement for all of Judah.
Hezekiah may have had a blueprint for restoring the temple, but he had no clue how his restoration pointed to a far greater temple—Jesus. Under the new covenant inaugurated with Jesus’ blood, God doesn’t dwell in a building—He dwells in His people.
Since this is our wondrous reality, we must take measures as Hezekiah did to swing open our lives and make reforms. This looks like confession, and we can go directly to the source and ask that He cleanse us, and He is faithful to do so every time (Heb. 4:16; 1 John 1:9).
What do you need to confess today?