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August 1, 2022
Today’s reading: 2 Chronicles 29:5, 15-16
How clean is your temple?
We read in 2 Chronicles 29:5, 15-16:
: “Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.
15 And they gathered their brethren, sanctified themselves, and went according to the commandment of the king, at the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD. 16 Then the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD to cleanse it, and brought out all the debris that they found in the temple of the LORD to the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it out and carried it to the Brook Kidron.
We read that for 16 years, the wicked King Ahaz reigned in Jerusalem. Thus, it was a sigh of great relief when he finally died and was replaced by a righteous king, Hezekiah.
During the reign of Ahaz, the temple was in dismal condition. It was neglected and even shut up by the wicked king.
Thankfully, King Hezekiah was zealous in restoring the true worship in his kingdom. In the process, the temple was cleansed. All the rubbish was removed and things were repaired, replaced, and restored.
It’s quite interesting how we are called the spiritual temple of God once the Spirit dwells in us. Thus, we have a great responsibility to take care of our bodies physically and spiritually.
Sometimes, we let this world pollute God’s temple. Have we really considered how much rubbish we permit to get inside our temple? If we look at our temple right now, how clean is it? Or, is it as dirty as the temple in Ahaz’s time?
Thankfully, we can have the choice to clean our temple and keep it that way. By removing worldly lust and pride, we can better keep our temple free of garbage.
Of course, removing trash isn’t enough. We must also add the things of God to our temple. With daily Bible study, prayer, and meditation, we can fill our temple with God’s word.
There are dire consequences when we let our temple go dirty and dusty. There are also beautiful and positive consequences when we keep our temple clean and spotless.
It is up to you how you will maintain your temple. So, choose carefully.
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