Reflection on 2 Chronicles 29:15-16

“And they gathered together their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and went in according to the commandment of the king, and the precept of the Lord, to purify the house of God. And the priests went into the temple of the Lord to sanctify it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found within to the entrance of the house of the Lord, and the Levites took it away, and carried it out abroad to the torrent Cedron.” (2 Chronicles 29:15-16)

Literal Sense:  King Hezekiah was a good king and sought to purify the temple which had been defiled by King Ahaz by ordering the priests to purify and sanctify the Temple.

Allegorical Sense: These these are a foreshadowing of Christ, the true priest and king of Israel, who also purified the Temple when it became defiled (John 2:13-22).

Moral Sense:  As King Hezekiah was faithful to purify the Temple after it had been defiled, we too must purify our temples, our bodies, once they become defiled by sin.

Anagogical Sense:  As King Hezekiah purified the temple, the King of Heaven will one day purify the heavens and the earth which have been defiled by Adam’s sin (2 Peter 3:7-13).

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