Friday, December 18, 2009

Work Hard at Everything to the Glory of God

King Hezekiah of Judah was, according to the Scriptures, one of the godliest kings in ancient Israel. That he was a man who feared Yahweh, loved loud worship, preached bold messages of repentance and turning back to Yahweh, and affirmed the people of God’s compassion and forgiveness if they would repent is clearly shown in the biblical record—especially in 2 Chronicles!

In reading this book, I am amazed at how many times the Chronicler goes out of his way to note that Hezekiah commanded the worshippers to sing, play, worship, and make jubilation. What a glorious time of ancient Israel. This period is, in fact, a glimpse of godliness in the glaring face of ungodliness during that time period. Note what the Chronicler writes:

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah; and he did what was good, right and true before the LORD his God. 21 Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered.

The New Testament commentary on these verses and really on the entire life of King Hezekiah is found in the words of the Apostle Paul:

1 Corinthians 10:31 31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.


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