Old Testament
Lesson 30
“Come to the House of the Lord”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will inspire us to receive the promised blessings that come from temple work and scripture study.

Scripture references for study:  2 Chronicles 29–30; 2 Chronicles 32; 2 Chronicles 34
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Lesson 30 Handout (PDF)

Hezekiah Orders The House Of The Lord To Be Cleansed

Historical Background:

READ 2 CHRONICLES 29:3-5. Hezekiah opens the doors of the temple.

READ 2 CHRONICLES 29:8-9. Consequences of Judah's disregard for the temple.

READ 2 CHRONICLES 29:10. Hezekiah desires to covenant with the Lord.

After the temple was cleansed, Hezekiah gathered the rulers of the city and went up to the temple (2 Chronicles 29:20).

Hezekiah sent letters of invitation to all Israel and Judah, inviting them to come to Jerusalem and the temple for Passover (2 Chronicles 30:1). Hezekiah pleaded, "Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria" (2 Chronicles 30:6).

The Assyrians Invade The Kingdom of Judah

The kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians. A few years later (about 701 B.C.) the Assyrians began to attack Judah (2 Chronicles 32:1).

READ 2 CHRONICLES 32:6-8. The Lord to help Judah fight their battle.

Sennacherib sent his servants to speak to the people in Jerusalem in an attempt to convince them that they could not succeed in battle against the Assyrians (2 Chronicles 32:9).



Hezekiah and the people of Judah received the protection of the Lord because of their righteousness. Their righteousness was demonstrated by their worship at the temple, in contrast to the other tribes of Israel that refused to come up to the temple.

Josiah & His People Covenant To Serve The Lord

Successors to the throne of Hezekiah.

King Josiah:

In the process of renovating the temple, "Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses" (2 Chronicles 34:14).

"And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and all the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the Levites, and all the people, great and small: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant that was found in the house of the LORD" (2 Chronicles 34:30).

Unlike these ancient Israelites, we have the scriptures readily available to us in many forms, the printed Standard Works, recordings, and electronic editions.

READ 2 CHRONICLES 34:31-33. Covenant made at the temple.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

The kingdom of Judah eventually became so wicked that the Lord allowed them to be taken captive. During the reigns of Hezekiah and Josiah, these good kings sought to strengthen the people by turning their attention to the temple and the scriptures. Nothing has changed. The temple and the scriptures are vital for us today. We need to live worthy to attend the temple and renew our sacred covenants. Daily scripture study helps us to do that and reminds us of that which is most important. The ancient Jews were eventually taken captive because they did not give proper attention to these important things. Our captivity may last an eternity if we are not diligent in the turning our hearts and minds to the things of the Lord as taught in the temple and the scriptures.

Record your thoughts on the importance of the temple and the scriptures.

Resources Used In This Lesson

A New Witness for the Articles of Faith by Bruce R. McConkie.

Brigham Young Magazine.

Encyclopedia of Mormonism edited by Daniel H. Ludlow.


Journal of Discourses (JD).

Things As They Really Are by Neal A. Maxwell.

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