In this final post concerning the unlawful and pugnacious representation of the Godhead by Christian men and women I want to point to a time in Judah when things had deteriorated to the point that we now share in their wickedness. This time was marked by the rising of a good King who cleaned up the worship of the LORD in Judah and marked a return to worship as instructed by God and following the tenor of Deuteronomy 4:2. As you will Read below the return of a King after God’s own heart has implications for us today.
Now it came about in the third year of Hoshea, the son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah became king. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. He did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done. He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan. He trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him. For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.
Hezekiah was a good King. Following all that the LORD commanded the Scriptures tell us and what do we read was his first action at age 25 when seated upon the throne of David in Jerusalem? He removes the abominations of the idolatry from the Solomonic temple.
I have a few errands to run this morning and will finish this post when I return. Hopefully this will stimulate your thinking.