Jottings – Sometimes the Apple Falls Far From the Tree

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In reference to King Hezekiah, his father King Ahaz and his son King Manasseh:

 

One cannot help but wonder how Hezekiah could be so good with a father so bad and how a father so good could have a son so bad. This clearly shows that heredity and environment do not necessarily determine and excuse a person’s character. Each one is responsible for the development of his own character before God whether there is a good background or a poor one. God is able to work in the life of anyone who wants to please Him.

 
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Gustafson, Walter. “2 Chronicles.” Ed. D. E. West. What the Bible Teaches: 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles. Ed. W. S. Stevely. Kilmarnock, Scot.: John Ritchie, 2013. 553. Print.

 

 

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Audio: The Temple – Ahaz and Hezekiah

 

…and carry out the filth from the Holy Place. 2 Chronicles 29:5b ESV

 

This is the fourth in a series of nine messages tracing the history of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem entitled ‘The Temple: The Biography of a Place.’

This series of messages, along with their accompanying PowerPoint slides, were originally presented by Brother Tom Schetelich at the Forge Road Bible Chapel of Perry Hall, MD in late 2010 and early 2011.

Lord willing the series of messages will be posted every Friday now through March 8th.

 

 

The Temple Part 4: Ahaz and Hezekiah from DigitalSojourner

 


The Temple: This Biography of a Place
Series Directory

Part 1 The Temple: Choosing the Place
Part 2 The Temple: David Prepares the Materials
Part 3 The Temple: Solomon’s Dedication
Part 4 The Temple: Ahaz and Hezekiah
Part 5 The Temple: The Glory Departs
Part 6 The Temple: Haggai and the Second Temple
Part 7 The Temple: Herod’s Temple
Part 8 The Temple: Jesus at the Temple
Part 9 The Temple: Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple

 

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Have You Taken It To The Lord?

Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord… 2 Kings 19:14-15a

 

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

Sennacherib King of Assyria, the world’s loan superpower at the time, wrote a threatening letter to Hezekiah King of Judah. See 2 Kings 19:8-13. The letter was fairly simple and read something like this “Assyria has wiped many nations off the map. You’re next! You’re God is a lier and will not save you.”

Hezekiah’s reaction to the letter was amazing– He literally took it to the Lord in prayer. We are told in 2 Kings 19:14-15 that after reading the letter Hezekiah went to the house of the Lord and “spread it before the Lord.” Amazing. Then, over the letter he prayed an impassioned prayer to the God of Israel. See 2 Kings 19:15-19.

The words that Hezekiah speaks to God are a wonderful example of a deeply spiritual man seeking the Lord’s help. He begins in worship v15, then he describes his difficult situation vv16-18 and asks God for deliverance from the enemy v19a. He closes his prayer with an explanation of why God should save him and the nation of Judah from Sennacherib: “that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.”

How true are the words of the hymn writer: “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

 

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Hymn quotations from What A Friend We Have in Jesus written by Joseph M. Scriven. 1855.

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