2 Chronicles | The Heart of Revival | Rich Jones


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This is a story of revival. There have been great revivals throughout history, some in our modern times. In fact, there is a movie coming out in a couple months about the revival that happened in our own country in the 60s. It’s called Jesus Revolution. It’s really a history of Calvary Chapel and the Jesus movement of the hippie generation.

And there were revivals in the history of Israel, especially in the southern kingdom of Judah. They had the temple there, a reminder of God’s presence and God’s desire for them to be His people.

In 2 Chronicles 30, the king of Judah was Hezekiah. He was 25 years old when he became king. We also know something about his father and mother which are an important part of the story.

Hezekiah did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. That is a wonderful commendation. All kings in the south were compared to David. God gave Hezekiah the greatest of all commendations when He said that there was none like Hezekiah among all the kings of Judah.

Hezekiah, therefore, was an exceptionally significant king in the history of Judah and there is much spiritual insight and many life lessons from a study of his life and leadership.

There is a Hebrew word that is also an important part of this story. It's the Hebrew word Nahushtan. It’s a good word to know. This is one of those Hebrew words you could use to make a beautiful plaque and hang it on your living room wall; then when your friends and family come to visit, they'll ask you what Nahushtan means. “I’m glad you asked,” you say, and then you tell them about Hezekiah’s revival because it points directly to Jesus in a powerful way!

This story is filled with spiritual application and life lessons. It’s a story of authentic and genuine revival.

I. Revival is Made to be Lived

 Revival is not just something that happens in the heart, if it’s true revival, it will impact how the life is lived. This you see in the life in Hezekiah.

 God used Hezekiah to bring about a great revival in the nation of Israel in the south. He cleansed the temple, he restored the priesthood, and he kept the commandments which the Lord gave Moses.

 What's amazing is that Hezekiah's father was the worst king the southern kingdom of Judah had seen up to that point.

 That's a powerful testimony. We do not have to repeat the sins of our fathers. Some believe there are generational curses that determines the course of their lives. Let me just say that if a generational curse determined the course of my life it failed.

 There is something far greater at work than a generational curse, it’s called revival. It’s the power of the Holy Spirit!

 God can do a new work from one generation to another. The sins of the father do not have to be repeated. If you've had a father who was less than a good example, then let the sins of the father end right here and right now with you.

 What's also interesting is that his mother was Aviah, who was the daughter of Zechariah, a priest. A mother is also a powerful influence in the lives of the children. Compare Aviah to Jezebel and you'll see there's no comparison at all.

 The name Aviah means ‘God is my father.’ That’s how God broke the generational curse in my life. On my first birthday I cried out to God because I thought that because I had an alcoholic father, I had every disadvantage. God’s answer broke through, “I will be your father now.” If God is your father, you have every advantage in life. That’s the breaking of the so-called generational curse.

Romans 8:31, 37, What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?... In all these things we overwhelming conquer through Him who loved us.

 The name Aviah was given to Hezekiah’s mother as a recognition that God was her father. It was quite rare in those days to have such a deep understanding.

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Jean Marais

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