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II Chronicles 29: 1-3 ” Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the Temple of the Lord and repaired them.”

King Hezekiah had his priories where they needed to be from the very start.  One of his very first acts as king was to open up the Temple, which his father Ahaz had earlier boarded up.  Instead of keeping the Temple of the Lord open for worship, Ahaz had placed altars to foreign gods at every street corner for the people. (II Chronicles 28:24-25)  Hezekiah’s superstitious dabbler in idolatrous cults father had even scorned the Prophet Isaiah’s promise of a coming Immanuel  (Isaiah 7:14) to instead run after foreign gods.  The new King Hezekiah, with God’s help, was finally able to launch the long-needed moral and religious reform within the nation of Judah.

Joshua 23:6 ” Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.”

Time was short for the elderly Joshua when he warned the Jewish leaders about being enticed by foreign gods.  He wanted them to be fully aware of what the allure and deception of foreign gods could do to the Jewish people.  He urged them to remain faithful to the Word of God…persevering with self-discipline in their walk…guarding their hearts and minds from deceit…veering neither to the right nor to the left but always keeping on the straight and narrow.  Joshua’s words ring true for God’s people today…Be courageous, keep guard, remain faithful.