Getting Vertical Part 4  2 Chronicles 29


Week 4 Of our series GV – Kings of Judah

A) King Hezekiah   Read Verses 1-2


Note: He was 25 yrs old – when God used him to bring Revival to the nation

A) Now this should be encouraging to every young person in this Sanctuary tonight


B) God can use you  to do great things – even though you might feel - - I AM YOUNG



Hezekiah did what was right in the sight of the Lord like David

A) 2 Kings 18 we are told this about Hezekiah that he trusted the Lord more than any of the other kings before him or after him.


B) So he stands out as a man who trusted God

1) 2 Kings 18 says he clung to the Lord – some translations put it this way: He followed hard after God


C) 11 Chapters total in the Bible are dedicated to Hezekiah  2 Chronicles / 2 Kings & Isaiah


Dad was a wicked King – Introduced Worship of Molech – Hezekiah was spared, major reforms

                      Read Verse 3-11

The First thing He puts his attention towards is the house the Lord

A) Ahaz his father had boarded up the temple


B) Opens the doors – Establishes  worship again


C) Calls the Priest to Sanctify themselves


D) Cleanses God’s house


E) Don’t neglect calling:

1) Stand before God

2) Serve God

3) Minister to God

4) Offer sacrifices to God { Institutes temple sacrifice


Calling - 


What do you think of when you hear the term priest

A) Black with collar – Robes – religious


B) Ever think of yourself as a Priest? 


C) That is what we are told in 1 Peter 2:9 

                             Turn there







1 Peter 2:9-10


9 ”But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”


1. You Are a Chosen Race

I know that this is a corporate identity, he's talking about the church. But the implication is individual, because this race is not racial.


The chosen race is not black or white or red or yellow or brown.


The chosen race is a new people from all the peoples—all the colors and cultures


What gives us our identity is not color or culture. But chosenness.


 Never chosen: Picked for the team – left over

A) Passed over for the job


B) Listen, Chosen by God – Picked you{ He wanted you for Himself


2. Holy nation{ Set apart unto God –

A) Saints


B) Called out of the world –


A saint is like a boat -- the boat's purpose is fulfilled when it is in the water, but it's function and usefulness deteriorates when water gets in the boat.


So too for saints when too much of the world gets into them. Saints must keep their "vessels" in the water of this world but not let the water of the world get into their "vessel"


Gets more intimate


3. We are God’s possession, His own special people

Not so much ownership as identification


4. Called out ones

A) Called out of darkness – now in the light


B) Not a people – but now the people of God


C) Knew no mercy – now we have received mercy


We are the not just the objects of His choice, but the objects of His mercy.


I am chosen and I am pitied—or you could say I am "graced." I am "loved."

5. You Are a Royal Priest

Royal Priesthood - Guzik writes that "The offices of royalty and priesthood were jealously separated in Israel, but Jesus, who is our King and Priest, has brought them together for His people."


We  have an exalted, active role in God's presence.


Offer up Praises – Made to worship


To paraphrase Jim Elliot, we are just a bunch of nobodies who can now praise and magnify the only One Who is Somebody.


In other words He has given us our identity in order that His identity might be proclaimed through us.


God made us who we are so we could make known 

who He is. Our identity is for the sake of making known His identity.


The meaning of our identity is that the excellency of God be seen in us.


Therefore being a Christian and making the greatness of God known are almost identical.




Priest offers sacrifices:


Sin offering – Atonement


Burnt offering - consecration


Thanksgiving offering – fellowship



1ST  YOUR HEART Psa. 51:17     The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.”


2ND YOUR BODY Rom. 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”


3rd YOUR SERVICE PHIL 4:18 “Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.”


4TH YOUR WORSHIP HEB. 13: 15”Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”