In even greater contrast to the thoughts expressed in regard to the contrast between Jotham and Ahaz, there is Ahaz and his son Hezekiah. How can this be? It has everything to do with the choices one makes in life. Hezekiah was considered to be the greatest king in Israel’s history (apart from David). In fact, so great that “Sanhedrin 94a teaches that Chizkiahu [Hezekiah] was destined to become the Messiah” (ArtScroll, p. 222). In this chapter he sets about reclaiming the proper position of the country – standing in the Lord’s favor – by cleansing the Temple and restoring Temple worship.
Application: It is a point worth noticing that many in Orthodox Judaism believe that Hezekiah was actually the Messiah of God (at least to some degree). Apart from this, a great application in this chapter is the idea of restoration. Hezekiah knew that Judah’s standing with the Lord was in a pitiful condition, and one way to get it back was to sanctify the Lord in the heart and restore things pertaining to his “pattern of worship” as prescribed by Him in Scripture. Hezekiah set out to do this and accomplish it he did.
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