2 Chronicles 29-31
The Kings of Judah, cont’d. 2 Chronicles 10:1-36:21
2 Chronicles 29:1-32:33…Hezekiah becomes King of Judah (715-686)
2 Chronicles 29:1-36-Hezekiah became king at age 25, he reigned 29 years. He did right in the sight of the LORD (31:21). In the first year of his reigned he repaired and opened the doors of the Temple. He called the Levites to consecrate themselves to the LORD's service. He told them that the reason that Judah was in such bad shape was because they had forsaken the LORD. They celebrated the cleansing of the Temple with sacrifices. Apparently, the Levites had remained more faithful than the Priests had…because when it came time to prepare the burnt offerings the Levites had to assist them in their work because they were not consecrated (had not kept themselves ceremonially pure).
2 Chronicles 30:1-27-Hezekiah sent a letter to all of Judah and Israel to come celebrate the Passover...they had not done so in a long time (:26). He told those that Assyria had left in Israel that God would bless them and those in exile if they would come, also. However, many of the people in Israel laughed and mocked the couriers...but some came. The Priests and Levites were ashamed of themselves (29:34; 30:15).
2 Chronicles 31:1-21-Hezekiah commanded that the people begin to bring their tithes and sacrifices. They did, and there was so much that it began to stack up (:6-11), and they had to build storage rooms for it. When the people worshiped God they consecrated themselves (29:15,34), they had joy in their hearts (30:26) and gave willingly (31:10).
Prayer: Lord, what a wonderful renewal of worship and dedication we see in these chapters. Your people returning to You. I love the words that tell us You gave them “one heart” (:12)…they came together as the community of believers. And, when the Priests and Levites realized their sin they were humble and ashamed of what they had done and sought Your forgiveness (:15). What celebration there was…with music, and sacrifices, and teaching (:22). They were so full of joy that they didn’t want to go home and they extended the celebrations for another week (:23,26). And Lord, when the people brought their offerings…there was so much that they didn’t have room for it all. Now that is a true sign of repentance and renewal. Please, Lord…lead us to have just such a renewal in Your church. Help us in the church to humble our hearts before You and to give You such praise to such a degree...that our entire country will be changed.