Ahaz gathered together the furnishings from the temple of God and cut them in pieces. He shut the doors of the Lord’s temple and set up altars at every street corner in Jerusalem. In every town in Judah he built high places to burn sacrifices to other gods and aroused the anger of the Lord, the God of his ancestors. (2 Chr 28: 24,25 NIV)
Ahaz desecrated the Temple and when he had died the legacy of his reign was physical and spiritual neglect. When Hezekiah took the throne the first thing he did was clean the mess left to him and restore and purify the nation of Israel.
Often when we realise the mess we have made in our lives we turn and look at it and are overwhelmed by the legacy of spiritual neglect. In this weeks sermon we seek to find the courage and hope that is we look to God and keep our eyes on Him and are willing to let Him lead us then we can see our temple cleaned and our heart restored.