“Lesson 30: ‘Come to the House of the Lord’” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (2001), 144–50
“Lesson 30,” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 144–50
To inspire each class member to receive the promised blessings that come from temple work and scripture study.
Prayerfully study the following scriptures:
2 Chronicles 29–30. Hezekiah, king of Judah, opens the doors of the temple and instructs the priests and Levites to cleanse and sanctify it for worship (29:1–19). When the temple is cleansed, Hezekiah and his people worship and praise the Lord (29:20–36). Hezekiah invites all Israel to come to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem (30:1–9). Some laugh and mock at the invitation, but the faithful of Israel worship the Lord in Jerusalem (30:10–27).
2 Chronicles 32:1–23. Sennacherib, king of Assyria, invades Judah and speaks abusively against the Lord (32:1–19). Isaiah and Hezekiah pray for help, and an angel of the Lord destroys much of the Assyrian army (32:20–23).
2 Chronicles 34. After Hezekiah’s son and grandson rule in wickedness, Hezekiah’s great-grandson Josiah becomes king of Judah. Josiah destroys the idols in the kingdom and repairs the temple (34:1–13). The book of the law is found in the temple and read to Josiah, who weeps when he learns how far the people have strayed from the law (34:14–21). Huldah the prophetess tells of the forthcoming desolation of Judah but prophesies that Josiah will not have to witness it (34:22–28). Josiah and his people covenant to serve the Lord (34:29–33).
If the following pictures are available, you may want to use them during the lesson: Temple Used Anciently (62300) and a picture of a latter-day temple.
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.