Heaps of Holy Things

from Lynda Lindsey

Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.  II Chronicles 30:12

He (King Hezekiah) ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion due the priests and Levites so they could devote themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the first fruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought in a  great amount, a tithe of everything. The men of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah also brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the Lord their God, and they piled them in heaps.  II Chronicles 31:4-6

This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. II Chronicles 31:20-21

Hezekiah did what was right in the Lord’s eyes, literally cleaning house. Hezekiah ordered the priests and Levites to consecrate themselves, clean out and purify God’s defiled temple and sanctuary, relight the lamps and reinstate offerings, sacrifices, and proper worship of the Lord. The people worked with willing hearts, finishing in record time! Hezekiah, decrying the stiff-necked stubbornness that plunged the northern kingdom into Assyrian captivity, invited all Israel to Judah to join together to celebrate Passover, to return to the Lord in faithfulness, to submit to God in order that God would return to His people. The Lord, reminded Hezekiah, is gracious and compassionate, and will not turn His face away from His people if they repent and return to Him. 

In Judah God’s hand was on the people, giving them unity of mind to carry out the kings orders. Most people from the northern kingdom rejected the king’s invitation, but some responded with humility; the celebration was joyously carried out, and even extended beyond the ordinary time, for not since the days of King Solomon some 200 years prior, had there been such renewal and revival! Hezekiah reinstated tithing, freeing priests and Levites to devote themselves to God’s work. The people’s response? Abounding generosity! People brought in the first fruits of their labor, grain, new wine, oil, honey, and herds and flocks such that there were heaps and piles of things dedicated to God! 

Evil times. One man doing what was good, right, and faithful in the Lord’s eyes. One man willing to seek his God and work wholeheartedly. People responding obediently with heaps of worship. And so is the way of prosperity…not as the world sees it, but as God determines it!