Reformations of the Remnant
By Apostle Aje Pelser, Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town. 1st Feb. 2015
To follow up the sermon on the Remnant of God, there are some interesting reformations from King Hezekiah (very much a type of an apostle in an Old Testament context) that will preserve God’s people and cleanse the land.
It is worth reading through 2 Chronicles 30 entirely to get the full force of those reformations.
Ch 30:1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the LORD God of Israel.
2Ch 30:27 Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.
From chapter 29 of 2nd Chronicles, we learn that Hezekiah’s first act as king was to open the doors of the house of the Lord and to repair them. Then he sanctified the priests and removed the rubbish from the House of the Lord. This inspired a whole order of priests to get up and work and sort out God’s temple, bringing order back into the spiritual lives of millions who brought sin offerings to the Lord, so much that there were too few priests to offer them to the Lord!
The celebration of the Passover was a restoration of the centripetal force of a nation – back to God. While in the Old Testament we see this as the temple in Jerusalem, in a New Testament context we see Jesus Christ as the focus and centre of all worship and activity. The drawing force in our churches is Christ Himself the Chief cornerstone as Apostle Paul put it. But that is what a gathering of saints accomplishes in the spiritual realm. The movement around Christ the centre creates tremendous gravitational pull that sets things into orbit and establishes paths and rank in the spirit.
Highlights of the reformations in this chapter are:
1. Hezekiah wrote letters of invitation to all the tribes to gather at Jerusalem. Invite people to come and see what Jesus is doing in His church and in your lives. Letters of invitation recruited a class of Miracle Bible College students this term. People answer invitations. It makes them realize that they are important to the One inviting them. When we hold Special Harvest Events hand out your invitations as if they come from a King – actually they do!
2. The leaders resolved to make a proclamation to keep the Passover. Apostles make declarations and proclamations based on prophetic intent. We do not do anything without clear prophetic words. That makes us accurate. Believe my prophets and you will prosper!
Ezr 6:14 So the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they built and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the command of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.
3. Runners were sent out calling the people to return to God, not just a geographical return, but a spiritual one.
4. The King prophesied that God will return to the remnant if they return to Him.
5. The King rebuked the stiff-necked – the idols of stubbornness.
6. There was a call to yield to God – to show meekness – strengths under God’s control. Godly Wisdom is willing to yield to God’s Word – James 3:17.
7. Some mocked and laughed – desolate. See Matthew 23:38,39. Unless you say blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord – houses will be left desolate: those who proclaim Jesus should be received. Apostolically speaking, where we are sent with the Gospel for the Kingdom, there is a blessing. Those who mock what Jesus is doing in His Church are left desolate. Traditions of men making void the power of God will be left desolate. Religious spirits that resist the Holy Spirit and thwart the pure doctrine of the New Testament will be left desolate. Options for reformation are presented. Decide to come into alignment with Jesus’ blueprint for his Bride the Church.
8. Others received the runners who passed from city to city. Consider the early circuit riders of the Methodist Church that reached the newly founded American colony and later the USA. They would ride from frontier town to town on horseback through blizzards to get to the folk as runners with God’s message. It is time for some new runners in this city! Great is the army of runners that carry out His Word! Jesus sent out his disciples and they ran their race of faith to the end – let’s do the same for our generation. God sends you out with His word today!
9. God’s hand was released on Judah to give them singleness of heart – they were not 2 spirited as we read in James – double-minded people receive nothing from God. Single-hearted believers access God’s grace, blessings and power.
10. Offerings were brought to the Lord – burnt offerings.
11. Sanctification took place on a large scale, so that the right people could fulfil the work of the ministry. In the Old Testament that would have been the tribe of Levi, but in the New Covenant we are all kings and priests before our God and we all contribute something to the act of worship.
12. New Covenant grace and mercy was released by prayer from King Hezekiah – something David also tapped into. 2 Chronicles 30:18-20 The Lord listened to Hezekiah and He healed the people.
13. The king also gave offerings to the people to offer to God. Preparation for corporate offerings and feasts to God bring large scale reform.
14. Reformations brought great joy in the city of peace. The moment was an epic, historic moment comparable to the days of David and Solomon. When people of God reform and refocus on Christ at the centre, bring sacrificial offerings to God for the purpose of gathering together and worshipping God, it marks their place in history as God’s people.
15. Reformation also restores the prayers of Church leadership who will then in turn bless the people: 2Ch 30:27 Then the priests, the Levites, arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard; and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.
Let’s resolve to implement these reforms and continue in them if already in place. God always has a remnant that will finish the work and restore worship in the earth. Choose to be that Reforming Remnant forever till Jesus comes for His Bride the Church.