In 2 Chronicles 30 there is a report of a great revival under the leadership of Hezekiah the king of Judah.
Prior to Hezekiah’s reign the temple rituals had been neglected for many years, to the point where the temple and its utensils were all in disrepair. [2 Chron. 29] In order to repair all the damage Passover was delayed for one month, according to the Law. [Num. 9:9-11]
When the cleaning was accomplished Hezekiah invited both Israel i.e. the Northern Kingdom and Judah the Southern kingdom that he ruled, to come to the Passover.
1 Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover to the LORD the God of Israel. 2 For the king and his princes and all the assembly in Jerusalem had taken counsel to keep the passover in the second month — 3 for they could not keep it in its time because the priests had not sanctified themselves in sufficient number, nor had the people assembled in Jerusalem — 2Chr. 30:1-3
These couriers were not well received by those that had completely turned to paganism.
10 So the couriers went from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulun; but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. 11 Only a few men of Asher, of Manasseh, and of Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. 12 The hand of God was also upon Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the LORD. 2Chr. 30:10-12
Only a few came from the Northern Tribes. But of those that came, were truly humble. However they were so far from any sound teachings that they came unprepared for they were unclean.
18 For a multitude of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “The good LORD pardon every one 19 who sets his heart to seek God, the LORD the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.” 2Chr. 30:18-19
This is the way we all feel when we come to the Hebrew roots of our faith. Our temples are filthy with all manner of unBiblical practices, which we have never considered before. Although we have been taught that we are clean because of Messiah’s sacrifice, we suddenly don’t FEEL that can be true, considering the extent of the filth that comes from all the false teachings we have received from the inherited church.
Our desire has now turned to walk with Messiah in an unadulterated faith. To find a spiritual cleanness, unpolluted with the traditions of men. This puts us at odds with those who profit from the traditions, as well as those who are emotionally addicted to the pomp and circumstance of all the tinsel and ceremonies. To them, what they are doing IS Christianity. To those who study pagan mythology it all stinks of paganism.
We just want to clean it all out with spiritual soap made from ashes of the red heifer.
Although we stand before the throne in all this filth, we ask our Lord to excuse our condition and teach us to walk with Him.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24
And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is the truth. 1John 5:7
Truth is all we seek. We may not have things perfectly in order. There may yet be things that must be cleaned out. As we throw out the paganism of the inherited church we may have stumbled into unacceptable things from Judaism. Yet we are working out our own salvation.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; Phil. 2:12
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. Prov. 9:10
Faith is a struggle, there is no easy believism as the post-modern church teaches. There are no formulas, that the church so loves to put between God and man. There is only the pure faith of the Bible.
As James taught “faith without works is dead.” However 2000 years of church teachings have killed the Congregation of the Lord. They teach an easy salvation, one that has no works from the Bible, but rather new works that they have created. They have no fear, because they have no wisdom.
After Hezekiah’s revival there was a great cleansing of the land. If only the false teaching of the post-modern church would be so easily cleared.
1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke in pieces the pillars and hewed down the Asherim and broke down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, and in Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all. Then all the people of Israel returned to their cities, every man to his possession. 2Chr. 31:1