A Call to Leaders
Repent and clean your house. I need clean hearts, not a show. I need a deep cleansing of my house. A cleansing like the days of Hezekiah; a cleansing like the days of Josiah; a cleansing like the days of Elijah. Be silent! Be still! For I am holy! If you will not cleanse my filthy house, then I will! In past times, I cleansed my Temple by destruction. Do not think I will not do so again. But mark this, if I level my house and cleanse it from all unrighteousness, what need do I have for you? I will do nothing short of cutting you off. I will level my house so all peoples may enter into my kingdom. Do not test me in this – repent and clean up my house!
In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. He brought in the priests and the Levites and assembled them in the square on the east and said to them, “Hear me, Levites! Now consecrate yourselves, and consecrate the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the Holy Place. For our fathers have been unfaithful and have done what was evil in the sight of the Lord our God. They have forsaken him and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord and turned their backs. They also shut the doors of the vestibule and put out the lamps and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the Holy Place to the God of Israel. Therefore the wrath of the Lord came on Judah and Jerusalem, and he has made them an object of horror, of astonishment, and of hissing, as you see with your own eyes.
They gathered their brothers and consecrated themselves and went in as the king had commanded, by the words of the Lord, to cleanse the house of the Lord. The priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord to cleanse it, and they brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the Lord 2 Chronicles 29:3-8, 15-16