Cleansing the Temple

by Kevin Litchfield

Recently I was struck once again by 2 Chronicles, Chapter 29. Hezekiah began the process of leading a nation to repent and awaken to God’s calling for their lives both as a nation and as an individual. In verses 16-17 a picture is given to how far the people had drifted.

16) The priests went into the sanctuary of the Temple of the Lord to cleanse it, and they took out to the Temple courtyard all the deviled things they found. From there the Levites CARTED it all out to the Kidron Valley.

17) They began the work in early spring, on the first day of the new year, and in 8 DAYS they had REACHED the ENTRY ROOM of the LORD’S TEMPLE.

What things, people, activities, and strategies need to be carted away in your life that block truly experiencing all that God has for your life.

Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”

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