Good King Hezekiah ascended to the throne in Jerusalem amid a nation unified in rebellion against God. His father, King Ahaz, led the country into idolatry. The nation became united in Baal worship. He led the citizens to sacrifice their children in fire. He allowed false religious practices to take place wherever anyone wanted to. He shut down the temple of God and set up altars to idols on every street corner in Jerusalem. The people united around these actions, and the power of their unified sin caused God to punish these wayward people. Hezekiah became king among people with a mind against God and a kingdom which was emaciated.
King Hezekiah learned from his fathers’ actions. Ahaz gained power because he unified the nation into evil. Hezekiah grasped the principle of oneness his father sought. It would be a good bet to say Hezekiah was a student of the writings of Moses. The lesson about the power of oneness concerning the united postdiluvian people was not lost to Hezekiah’s mind. These people were united against the command of God to spread out over the whole world. In unity, they built a city and a tower that reached into the heavens. This was a direct challenge against the throne of God. The Lord Most High, came down from His throne to examine this work. Concerning His wisdom about unity, He said,
“Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them,” Genesis 11:6 NKJV.
God testifies. People in unity can do anything. Hezekiah grasped this fact. He must have reasoned, if people are united in the pursuit of evil, they will do pronounced evil. How much more can people united to God do great good. Therefore, Hezekiah purposed to make a covenant with God. He wanted to unite the Israelites back into the true worship of God. God was pleased by Hezekiah’s covenant. Listen well to these words.
“Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord,” 2 Chronicles 30:12 NKJV.
It is important to notice; unity in God comes from the hand of God. God gave to Hezekiah’s people unity of mind to follow him in serving the God of Israel. The result of the God of unity of mind under Hezekiah was completely opposite to the godless unity of mind under Ahaz. The Levites purified themselves and the desecrated Temple. King Hezekiah, the Levites and Israelites, restored Temple worship in Jerusalem, celebrated the Passover, and cleaned the streets of Jerusalem of all the high places. Furthermore,
“When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh. After they had destroyed all of them, the Israelites returned to their own towns and to their own property,” 2Chronicles 31:1 NIV.
The lesson is evident, ungodly minds in unity, produce godless behavior. While, the minds of people centered in God-given unity, produce good behavior. John the Apostle reveals a deep request of Jesus to the Father. His personal request was for people who believe in Him through the witness of the Apostle’s message. Our Lord Jesus knows this request can only be fulfilled by the Father. Let us peek into His prayer for you and me.
Jesus Prays for All Believers John 17:20-23, NKJV
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
Jesus, like Hezekiah, is looking to have, in His people, the unity of mind, which comes from God. The oneness Jesus is seeking is centered in the unity of the Trinity. The Lord wants the Father to invite us into the Divine unity He has as part of the Godhead, that oneness which exists with Jesus in us and the Father in Jesus. In our entrance into the Trinity, we will be made perfect in one; that is, unity. This perfection of unity in the Trinity in believers results in a mighty witness of the resurrected Lord through the outpouring of the Fathers’ love for us.
Christianity is weak today because it is seeking unity of faith, which is not from God. The major denominations are seeking unity with the godless world. These are following King Ahaz’s example of rejecting God and accepting all sorts of idolatry. When the people of God reject the clear teachings of Scripture, with the erroneous teachings of the godless and say, “This is a new thing God has said,” they have left the unity of the Trinity. When the unity of the Trinity proclaims, “Jesus is the only way to God,” and the people of God proclaim, “All religions lead to God,” they have left the unity of the Trinity. The body of Christ is the Temple of God in the Spirit. When the body is in unity with the Trinity, the Temple becomes a powerful witness of Christ. When the body is in unity with the world, the Temple breaks down and becomes weak, useless, and good-for-nothing group of people. We all need to be in unity with each other. However, we must be wary of the unity made by the hands of man and not the hands of God. We all must heed Paul’s warning in 2 Corinthians 6:15,
“And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?”
Guy Calandra, Author of The Inside Word.