“And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.” 2 Chronicles 31:21 (KJB)
While reading the historical account of King Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 29 – 31 this morning I was thoroughly blessed. A king of Judah who brought in the return of the law of the LORD, and rejoicing to the LORD in their worship, the offerings, sacrifices made, and the proper practice of the Passover. Hezekiah loved God with his heart being similar to David’s for God (2 Chronicles 29:1-2). God blessed King Hezekiah. He will bless all who will walk with Him.
Let us hear the words of Matthew Henry in his commentary said of Hezekiah:
“A general character of Hezekiah’s services for the support of religion, 2Ch_31:20, 2Ch_31:21. 1. His pious zeal reached to all the parts of his kingdom: Thus he did throughout all Judah; every part of the country, and not those only that lay next him, shared in the good fruits of his government. 2. He sincerely designed to please God, and approved himself to him in all he did: He wrought that which was good before the Lord his God; all his care was to do that which should be accepted of God, which was right (that is, agreeable to natural equity), and truth (that is, agreeable to divine revelation and his covenant with God), before the Lord; to do according to that law which is holy, just, and good. 3. What he began he went through with, prosecuted it with vigour, and did it with all his heart. 4. All his good intentions were brought to a good issue; whatever he did in the service of the house of God, and in the government of his kingdom, he prospered in it. Note, What is undertaken with a sincere regard to the glory of God will succeed to our own honour and comfort at last.” Matthew Henry Commentary
Do you not know that there is no way to be with God except through the cross of Jesus? You might say to me, “Well Hezekiah was before Jesus”, and you would be correct in a sense. As God, Jesus is eternal; Jesus is the Creator of all things (Read John 1:1-5, 14). So He was present with Hezekiah, leading him, and directing the affairs of the heart and the kingdom.
All of those sacrifices that were offered were sacrifices which were a type of one sacrifice that Jesus made hundreds of years later that filled the void those sacrifices could not fill. They had to be offered again and again and again. The sacrifice of the cross was one, and only one necessary to redeem us from our sins.
Hezekiah was also redeemed by the blood of the cross of Jesus the Christ the Son of God, God the Son.