Summary: What happened when Hezekiah invited all of Judah to church?
Chad H. Ballard
An old farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church.
He came home and his wife asked him how it was.
"Well," said the farmer, "it was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns."
"Praise choruses?" said his wife, "What are those?"
"Oh they’re okay. They’re sort of like hymns, only different," said the farmer.
"Well, what’s the difference?" asked the wife.
The farmer said, "Well it’s like this - If I were to say to you: ‘Martha, the cows are in the corn,’ well that would be a hymn.
If, on the other hand, I were to say to you: ‘Martha, Martha, Martha, Oh, Martha, Martha, MARTHA MARTHA,
The cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows, the white cows, all God’s cows,
The cows are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn,
The cows are in the CORN, CORN, CORN’!!!
‘Oh, Oh, Ooooooooh, yes, it’s true, the whole herd is in the awesome corn, yes, it’s true, the whole herd is in the awesome corn, --- well, it’s true, the whole herd is in the awesome corn!!! Alleluia!
That would be a praise chorus."
You know one of the most divisive things in churches today is this issue of worship style. Some people want drums and guitars and worship songs. Some want to hear pianos and organs and hymns.
But all I really care to hear (and I dare say all that God desires to hear) are His people, praising His name in true heart felt worship.
I like all kinds of music, as long as the message is about Jesus, because my most sincere desire is to worship God.
A woman entered a Haagen-Dazs store on the Kansas City Plaza for an ice-cream cone. After making her selection, she turned and found herself face to face with Paul Newman. He was in town filming the movie Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.
Newman’s blue eyes caused her knees to buckle. She managed to pay for her cone, and then left the shop, heart pounding. When she gained her composure, she realized she didn’t have her cone.
She started back to the store to get it and met Newman at the door. "Are you looking for your ice-cream cone?" he asked. She nodded, unable to speak. "You put it in your purse with your change."
When was the last time the presence of God quickened your pulse?
Well this morning we are going to look at what happened when Hezekiah invited all of Israel to come and to join him in worship.
First we will see:
I. The Call to Worship
A. Of the 21 kings that followed David, there was none greater than Hezekiah. The reign of King Hezekiah brought with it a period of revival in the nation of Judah. Hezekiah was leading a great return to God. But it wasn’t always a pleasant journey.
1. In Kings, we see some pretty difficult situations that Hezekiah had to deal with. He had to remove the high places and break the images that the Jews had began to worship.
a. One of those images was the brass serpent that Moses had made in the wilderness. The people had begun to worship and burn incense to it.
b. There had been a time when the people looked at the serpent in faith, trusting in the promise of God.