2 Chronicles 29* Hezekiah's good reign in Judah. (1-19) Hezekiah's sacrifice ofatonement. (20-36)1-19 When Hezekiah came to the crown, he applied at once towork reform. Those who begin with God, begin at the right end oftheir work, and it will prosper accordingly. Those that turntheir backs upon God's ordinances, may truly be said to forsakeGod himself. There are still such neglects, if the word be notduly read and opened, for that was signified by the lighting thelamps, and also if prayers and praise be not offered up, forthat was signified by the burning incense. Neglect of God'sworship was the cause of the calamities they had lain under. TheLord alone can prepare the heart of man for vital godliness:when much good is done in a little time, the glory must beascribed to him; and all who love him or the souls of men, willrejoice therein. Let those that do good work, learn to do itwell. 20-36 As soon as Hezekiah heard that the temple was ready, helost no time. Atonement must be made for the sins of the lastreign. It was not enough to lament and forsake those sins; theybrought a sin-offering. Our repentance and reformation will notobtain pardon but in and through Christ, who was made sin, thatis, a sin-offering for us. While the offerings were on thealtar, the Levites sang. Sorrow for sin must not prevent us frompraising God. The king and the congregation gave their consentto all that was done. It is not enough for us to be where God isworshipped, if we do not ourselves worship with the heart. Andwe should offer up our spiritual sacrifices of praise andthanksgiving, and devote ourselves and all we have, assacrifices, acceptable to the Father only through the Redeemer.
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