Consider your Ways

Haggai 1:5-10

Therefore here is what ADONAI- Tzva’ot says:
‘Think about your life!
You sow much but bring in little;
you eat but aren’t satisfied;
you drink but never have enough;
you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;
and he who works for a living earns wages
that are put in a bag full of holes.’ “
” Here is what ADONAI- Tzva’ot says:’Think about your life! Go up into the hills, get wood, and rebuild the house. I will be pleased with that, and then I will be glorified,’ says ADONAI. ‘You looked for much, but it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?’ asks ADONAI- Tzva’ot. ‘Because my house lies in ruins, while every one of you runs to take care of his own house. This is why the sky above you has withheld the dew, so that there is none, and the land withholds its yield

The mentioned statement in itself is a proclamation to the glory of God, it is credentials fitting to a servant of the LORD, most High, confirming that although we are kings on this earth we have been called to be faithful servants of the one who appointed us as kings and priests. Revelations 1:5-7 and from Yeshua the Messiah, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the earth’s kings. To him, the one who loves us, who has freed us from our sins at the cost of his blood, who has caused us to be a kingdom, that is, cohanim (priests) for God, his Father- to him be the glory and the rulership forever and ever. Amen

King Hezekiah, became the servant of God, when he considered the ways of his father and the fruit there of. He, like the prodigal son said that he wants to return to his Fathers house-the house of God, even as a servant, but knowing that it is in his Fathers house where they will be secure.

As a king and a servant, he then called on the Levites, the appointed priest by God, to sanctify themselves and the house of the LORD God. Saying unto them “My sons, be not now negligent: for the Lord hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense.” He called on them to cleanse the house of God of all that defilement (that which hinder them from entering into the holiness of God). His reasons were clear, for he considered the ways of his fathers and the fruit of their ways.

He then re-open the temple of God, and re-established the temple worship as ordained by God. For this he did not consult with men, he called on the Word of God as his guide. For God established and appointed the levites to worship Him.

He then brought the people back to the knowledge of God, as he called on all Israel and Judah to come and celebrate Passover at the temple. The Passover is significant in the reestablishment of worship, for the Passover is the very reason of worship – knowledge of God. God said to Moses that the sign of Him being with them will be – Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. It was on the mountain that God ordained the temple worship/tabernacle and where God appointed the Levites as priests to worship unto God. The focus of the worship was unto God for what He did – bringing them out of slavery.

The result of re-establishing the temple worship and the subsequent re-initiation of the passover was a revival, where the people broke down the idols. Once the people of Israel were united in the temple, celebrating what God did for them, they were united in destroying the idols that they made. Note that Hezekiah implored the people to submit themselves to God and to repent of (turn from) their sins. This is the same command that Jesus gives us.

After the Passover celebration, the people went throughout Judah and destroyed the vestiges of idol worship. Hezekiah re-instituted not only proper Temple worship, but also the proper organization that David had set up. The priests told Hezekiah that there was plenty to spare because the Lord was blessing the people. Hezekiah commanded storerooms to be built in the Temple to handle the overflow. Hezekiah sought God wholeheartedly and prospered. When the priests took up their position as ordained by God, the people took up their positions in provision for the priests. What is seen is that the priests did not hoard for themselves, they took only what they had need of, the rest were distributed according to the community needs!

Hezekiah’s life can be an inspiration for our own lives:

he considered their ways and the fruit thereof and remembered God.

he started to make right in the sight of God and kept going despite resistance and ridicule,

he aggressively removed the unclean, negative influences from his life and the life of his people

he interceded for the people, asking for the Lord’s pardon,

he was open and focused to spontaneity in worshipping God, and

he contributed generously to God’s work.

The result of his work, returning and trusting in God and in His ability, in heart and in action were clearly seen as the Lord saved them from the Assyrians. When we are prepared to trust our Almighty God and Father as we return to our Father’s House, He is able to do more than what we can think or imagine – Ephesians.3:20-21.

Now to him who by his power working in us is able to do far beyond anything we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the Messianic Community and in the Messiah Yeshua from generation to generation forever. Amen

God appointed for us a covenant through His Son Yeshua the Messiah, a way by which we can return to our Father’s house, as a house of prayer, with confidence.

Hebrew 10:20-23

So, brothers, we have confidence to use the way into the Holiest Place opened by the blood of Yeshua. He inaugurated it for us as a new and living way through the parokhet, by means of his flesh. We also have a great cohen over God’s household. Therefore, let us approach the Holiest Place with a sincere heart, in the full assurance that comes from trusting- with our hearts sprinkled clean from a bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us continue holding fast to the hope we acknowledge, without wavering; for the One who made the promise is trustworthy

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