1. Evan Roberts
was one of the leaders of the Welsh Revival in 1904. He summed up his message in four
(1) Confess all known
(2) Deal with and get rid of
anything “doubtful” in your life.
(3) Be ready to obey the
Holy Spirit instantly.
(4) Confess Christ
2. One of the
greatest revivals recorded in the Bible occurred about 2,700 years ago under
good King Hezekiah, who ruled the southern kingdom of Judah from 715-687 BC.
Hezekiah was a godly king, considered by many to be the best king Judah ever had
(cf. 18:5). His father, King Ahaz, was a wicked man and during his reign Judah
slid into terrible sin and apostasy (II Kings 18:4).
4. It was
during this period that Assyria carried away the northern kingdom of Israel into
captivity (II Kings 17:6ff).
5. God raised
up King Hezekiah during a dark day in the history of Israel and Judah, and
during his reign God sent a glorious revival. I would like to speak this morning on
“THE GLORIOUS REVIVAL UNDER KING HEZEKIAH.”
Hezekiah was a statesman, a reformer, a warrior, a poet, an engineer, and the
leader of a great heaven-sent revival.
7. The reign of
Hezekiah is described for us in II Kings 18-20; II Chron. 29-32; and Isaiah
KING HEZEKIAH DID THAT WHICH WAS RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD
(II KINGS 18:3).
1. It should be
pointed out that back in those days a king was not only the ruler in the
temporal affairs of his nation, but also it was his function to serve as
the spiritual leader.
Consequently, the king was obligated to a large extent for the building
of character in his subjects. For
sixteen years, King Ahaz, the father of Hezekiah, ruled Judah, and the Bible
says he “did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God”
(II Kings 16:1-4).
3. King Ahaz
led the people of Judah steadily down the road to ruin. Not only did he himself follow the path
of sin and degradation, but he also took Judah with him. In 16 years, his evil reign brought both
king and people into the depths of wickedness and idolatry (II Chron.
4. But yet out
of the loins of this ungodly king came the great King Hezekiah. His godly leadership had the blessing of
God upon it right from the start.
His goal was to serve God and to bring Judah back into fellowship with
5. The Bible
says King Hezekiah “did that which was right in the sight of the LORD”
(II Chron. 29:2; cf. II Kings 18:3).
6. Let us go to
the pages of God’s sacred Word, and see how it is that King Hezekiah “did that
which was right in the sight of the LORD.”
“He removed the high places…” (II Kings 18:4).
These “high places” and “groves” were places where backslidden
Israelites worshipped Baal and Ashtereth, and all the false gods of the
heathen. (Covetousness is idolatry
- Col. 3:5.)
“He brake in pieces” the brass serpent of Moses, which had become
an idol (II Kings 18:4; cf. Num. 21:5-9).
Here we see what God thinks about these so-called “relics.”
King Hezekiah’s father, King Ahaz was an idolater but King
Hezekiah brake the images and idols and turned the people away from idols and
back to God.
The second commandment says, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any
graven image” (Exodus 20:4), and yet there are hundreds of millions of people
who claim to be Christian but they worship graven images.
Rev. 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the
abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
In Rome there is this big statue of St. Peter (really Apollo), and
thousands of visitors line up every day to bow down before it and kiss it. Peter is missing one of his toes! One of his big toes has been literally
King Hezekiah put an end to all of this idolatry and foolishness.
KING HEZEKIAH TRUSTED IN THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL (II KINGS
Hezekiah “clave to the LORD, and departed not from following Him…” (II Kings
18:6). He stayed close to the
Lord. He stayed on the right
track. He didn’t waver or
Hezekiah kept God’s commandments (18:6b).
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
3. “And the
LORD was with him; and he prospered…” (II Kings 18:7). Hezekiah put God first and God blessed
him. If you study the Bible, you
will see this principle again and again.
And if you study the history of Great Britain and the United States of
America, and other nations you will see the same principle. When the leaders were godly, the people
followed their godly leadership and God blessed the country.
4. Listen to
these words from the father of my country, George Washington: “It is impossible
to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
5. How about
our second president, John Adams? He warned that without Biblical virtue, our
country would become rich but also corrupt, and would be plagued by “effeminacy,
intoxication, extravagance, vice, and folly.” How prophetic!
6. God blessed
the people of Judah because of King Hezekiah’s godly leadership. He built up his
nation’s economy as well as their military (II Chron. 32:5-8).
and trade expanded by his establishment of warehouses and stock yards at
strategic places, and Jerusalem was given an adequate water supply in the event
of siege (II Chron. 32:27-30).
Hezekiah came to power, Judah was virtually a vassal state under Syria. Hezekiah’s father, King Ahaz, had nearly
destroyed the kingdom and brought it to ruin. Ahaz was too weak and worldly to resist
the Assyrians. But once Hezekiah
became king, he worked hard and threw off the Assyrian yoke (II Kings 18:7).
9. We have
looked at many of King Hezekiah’s accomplishments this morning, but now let us
consider his greatest accomplishment.
KING HEZEKIAH BROUGHT BACK THE TRUE RELIGION
1. When I speak
of “true religion” I mean “heart religion” (cf. II Chron. 29:10; 31:20,
2. “That if
thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy
heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom.
10:9; cf. Acts 8:35-37).
Hezekiah brought the true religion back to Judah. The people were religious but they were
backslidden. Many of them were not
saved. They were religious but
lost. They had “forsaken”
God, and “put out the lamps” (II Chron. 29:6, 7).
4. They were
worldly, and so their worship was defiled.
James 1:27 says “pure religion and undefiled before God” means keeping
ourselves “unspotted from the world.”
Are you “unspotted”?
Christianity is not worldly. It is
not ritualism. It is not lighting
candles and incense. It is not
having a preacher put on colorful robes.
Christianity is getting your heart right with God. King Hezekiah got his heart right with
God (II Chron. 29:10; cf. II Chron. 7:14; James 4:1-10).
7. There can be
no genuine revival without the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We need to be filled with the Spirit
8. The Bible
says that one of the first things Hezekiah did after his coronation was to open
the doors of the temple (II Chron. 29:3).
9. The house of
the LORD was neglected during the reign of King Ahaz. As soon as Hezekiah became king he
opened the doors and repaired them.
The house of God was important to King Hezekiah. Is it important to you?
Hezekiah wanted to clean up the house of God (II Chron. 29:3-6, 16). He wanted
to get rid of all “the filthiness” (29:5).
11. So the great revival under King
Hezekiah began right away, “in the first year of his reign, in the first month”
when he “opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them” (II
12. And he got rid of the
filthiness (II Chron. 29:5).
13. Hezekiah’s great reformation (II
Chron. 29; II Kings 18) was followed by his restoring the blood sacrifices (II
Chron. 29:22-24), and the celebration of Passover (II Chron. 30:1).
14. Please note two important doctrinal
words - “reconciliation” and “atonement” (II Chron. 29:24). This all points to the Lord Jesus Christ
and His substitutionary death on the cross (cf. Rom. 5:8-11).
15. King Hezekiah led the people to
worship the Lord with music and singing (II Chron. 29:25-30). “And all the congregation
worshipped, and the singers sang…And they sang praises with gladness…”
16. I have read much about some of the
great revivals of the past. One
thing I have noted is that they were always accompanied by great
singing. For example, the Welsh
revival was known for its wonderful singing.
17. The D.L. Moody and Ira Sankey
revivals were known for their joyful singing. It is always this way when God sends
18. I was reading an account by H.A.
Ironside. He was a young boy in
Toronto when Moody preached up there.
Ironside said every night after the meeting would end, you could hear the
men and women walking down the streets singing the great hymns and gospel songs
with great enthusiasm.
19. King Hezekiah knew how to pray. He prayed and God heard his prayer and
answered his prayer (II Chron. 30:18-20).
20. King Hezekiah commanded the people
to give their tithes and offerings, and the people did (II Chron. 31:4-12). Note that when everyone did his part,
there was “plenty” left (31:10).
1. We have read
many Scriptures this morning and I hope they have been a blessing to your
heart. Please turn with me one more
time to II Chron. 29:10.
2. The “fierce
wrath” of God is upon all those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ (John
3. The sinner’s
only hope is found in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.