Scripture: 2 Chronicles 30:8-9
Observation:We cannot always blame our current situation on others but we need to own up for our mistakes and repent.
Application: I teach Grade 1. I spend so much time dealing with little situations that happen after recess or during class time and often the argument for disobedience boils down to "But they were doing it and so I did too". Grade 1 friends are not easily able to identify their own role in bad behaviour but are very quick to point out that others did it too. We too can be stubborn to admit our own failings and can be quick to blame others when we fail.
This passage says "do not be stiff-necked as your fathers were..." What exactly does it mean to be "stiff necked"? I found this commentary that highlighted 8 attributes of "stiff necked people" and the main cause:
Disobedience invites God's wrath but repentance is received when we return to God. He is always willing to welcome us back with open arms. What's that quote?? No matter how far you've moved away from God you are only 1 step away from returning to Him. What a comfort to know that no matter how stiff-necked we get, not matter what kind of family environment we've grown up in, no matter what we've done in the presence of bad company we are just one step away from forgiveness if we ask for it.
Hezekiah had a big job before him. He had to teach people how to repent and follow the commands of God long after they were almost forgotten. He had to endure hardship as he encouraged people back on the right path. He was laughed at and teased. Hezekiah did not back down despite adversity. He completed what he set out to do and what God wanted him to do and God was faithful to Hezekiah. Hezekiah did not blame his family circumstance and he owned up to his shortcomings and became an example to those around him. This commentary summarizes Hezekiah's life:
Hezekiah, a son of the wicked King Ahaz, reigned over the southern kingdom of Judah for twenty-nine years, from c. 726 to 697 BC. He began his reign at age 25 (2 Kings 18:2). He was more zealous for the Lord than any of his predecessors (2 Kings 18:5). During his reign, the prophets Isaiah and Micah ministered in Judah.
After Ahaz’s wicked reign, there was much work to do, and Hezekiah boldly cleaned house. Pagan altars, idols, and temples were destroyed. The bronze serpent that Moses had made in the desert (Numbers 21:9) was also destroyed, because the people had made it an idol (2 Kings 18:4). The temple in Jerusalem, whose doors had been nailed shut by Hezekiah’s own father, was cleaned out and reopened. The Levitical priesthood was reinstated (2 Chronicles 29:5), and the Passover was reinstituted as a national holiday (2 Chronicles 30:1). Under Hezekiah’s reforms, revival came to Judah.
Because King Hezekiah put God first in everything he did, God prospered him. Hezekiah “held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook” (2 Kings 18:6–7).
Prayer: Lord, we have many excuses that we make to justify or excuse our disobedience. You see right through our excuses into our sinful hearts. Help us to take responsibility for our actions and know that we alone are responsible. Let us humble ourselves to seek forgiveness and accept correction. Thank you for giving Your grace so freely if we just ask. Amen.
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