The book of 2nd Chronicles gives us a glimpse of who Jesus is in the Old Testament (O.T).
2nd Chronicles 7:14 is a beautiful and well known verse which reads – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, the will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2nd Chronicles can also be said to be the Book of Decline and Revival. There were 3 revivals that happened under the tutelage of 3 kings.
Jehoshaphat – get serious with God (2 Chronicles 20:1-30)
Hezekiah – purified the temple, destroyed idols and brought tithes (2 Chr 29-21)
Josiah – commitment to obey God’s Word (2 Chronicles 34-35)
But let us focus on the last King. Josiah was made King when he was 8 years old. In his 18th year, meaning when he was 26 years old, there is a fascinating account, of the discovery of the law of the Lord in the House of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 34:15) that led to the REVIVAL IN THE LAND (2nd Chronicles 34:31-33). Hilkiah the priest discovers it, gives it to Shaphan the Scribe to take to the King, the King hears of the words of the Lord and rents his clothes, proclaiming that we have not be faithful to God and his Word, and he made a covenant to walk after the Lord, keep his commandments and testimonies and statutes, with all his HEART and all his SOUL and to perform the words of the covenant written in the book.
NOTE, it did not say with all his MIND? Spiritual revival meeting is often just about the mind and not of the heart and soul. We hear of the speaker and go to that meeting. Diligent no doubt, but we must be cautious as well as we may miss out of God’s word brought to us from someone that we may deem very insignificant (example the unnamed maid in Naaman’s household).
We feel refreshed, full of fervor and zeal and a couple of days go by and what happens — back to square 1. Why, because our minds have been intellectually stimulated and emotionally we make decisions, that are hard to abide by once we leave the mountain top and get down to the valley. Spiritual revival should not be about the refreshment of our minds, but infact the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2) which is demonstrated by the relationship of our heart and soul into a covenant with God.
In 2nd Chronicles, Jesus is the Word of God found in the House of God, bringing about a spiritual revival in our hearts.