Day 90 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 2 Chronicles 28 to 31
...... Return to the lord 2chron30.6
....* Submit to the lord 2chron 30..8
People of Israel were distant from God ,not worshipping or enjoying the lord.They failed to keep the passover.king Hezekiah invited people back to God.
One of king Hezekiah's most important acts in restoring Israel worship took place when he held a celebration of the Passover.Hezekiah unified the celebration to all Israel and Judah.This call to worship was to unite the nations in worship
Hezekiah appealed to the people of Israel and Judah by sending messengers to come to the temple for celebrating Passover.
1. O people of Israel return to the lord God of Abraham .Isaac and Israel and He will return to you.
2. Do not be like your ancestors and your relatives who abandoned the lord and became an object of derision as you can see.
3. Do not be stubborn as you were but submit yourselves to the lord.Come to the temple which He has set apart as holy forever.
4. Worship the lord your God so that His fierce anger will turn away from you.
5. If you return to the lord ,your relatives and your children will be treated mercifully by the captors.and they will be able to return to this land.
6. lord God is gracious and merciful .If you return to Him ,He will not turn His face away from you.
Hezekiah was dedicated to the lord and the spiritual progress of his nation.He wanted people to obey God ,yield their bodies and mind and will and emotions to Him.His call to celebrate the Passover was responded mostly by scorn and ridicule.But some accepted the invitation.
Our efforts to tell others about God often meet with similar reactions.But we must not stop reaching out the gospel to others and God has promised to be with us always.
🍇 Simple thoughts for
💫 deeper meditation.
"He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them." 2 Chronicles: 29: 2
⚡ Ahaz the father of Hezekiah walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He was one of the worst kings Judah ever had. He was given over to idolatry and heathen practices so much that he burnt his own son as an offering to pagan gods. Eventually Ahaz completely closed down the temple worship also.
⚡ But his son King Hezekiah was an entirely different man. He opened the doors of the temple, and sanctified it, on the first day of the first month of the first year of his reign itself. Hezekiah had been waiting for God's time. He recognized that the wrath of
God had fallen upon Judah and Jerusalem. So, when God gave him the chance, he did what was right on the very first day of his rule.
⚡ Hezekiah not only cleansed the temple, but he re-established the worship and the sacrificial system also again on priority. He also gave importance to singing and praising during the worship.
⚡ Hezekiah's cleansing of the temple reminds us of Jesus' cleansing the temple of Jerusalem twice. ( John : 2:13-16 and Mathew: 21: 12-13 )
⚡ The Bible says, "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's spirit dwells in you ? If anyone destroys God's
temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy and you are that temple ( 1 Corinthians: 3: 16- 17 )
⚡ Many times we seek blessings from God without removing the idols in our heart. Remember, whatever takes the place of God or takes the first place in our lives is the idol. For some, it may be their children, for some it is money, for some others it is their profession and for some it may be their talents.
🔥 God expects our hearts to be without any idols. He rejoices when our hearts become holy. The Bible says, " strive for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews: 12: 14 )
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
I AM THE JUDGE WITH JUSTICE
⏳ Ahaz Reigns in Judah became king at the age of twenty, and he ruled in Jerusalem for sixteen years. He did not follow the good example of his ancestor King David; instead, he did what was not pleasing to the LORD
⏳ Israel Returns the Captives
The LORD God of your ancestors was angry with Judah and let you defeat them, but now he has heard of the vicious way you slaughtered them.
And now you intend to make the men and women of Jerusalem and Judah your slaves. Don't you know that you also have committed sins against the LORD your God?
Listen to me! These prisoners are your brothers and sisters. Let them go, or the LORD will punish you in his anger.*
They said , Don't bring those prisoners here! We have already sinned against the LORD and made him angry enough to punish us. Now you want to do something that will increase our guilt.
and the four men were appointed to provide the prisoners with clothing from the captured loot. They gave them clothes and sandals to wear, gave them enough to eat and drink, and put olive oil on their wounds. Those who were too weak to walk were put on donkeys, and all the prisoners were taken back to Judean territory at Jericho, the city of palm trees. Then the Israelites returned home to Samaria.
⏳ Hezekiah Reigns in Judah
Following the example of his ancestor King David, he did what was pleasing to the LORD.
⏳ Hezekiah Cleanses the Temple
In the first month of the year after Hezekiah became king, he reopened the gates of the Temple and had them repaired.
💫 Hezekiah Restores Temple Worship
The king followed the instructions that the LORD had given to King David through Gad, the king's prophet, and through the prophet Nathan; he stationed Levites in the Temple, with harps and cymbals,
Hezekiah gave the order for the burnt offering to be presented; and as the offering began, the people sang praise to the LORD, and the musicians began to play the trumpets and all the other instruments.
Everyone who was there joined in worship, Then King Hezekiah and all the people knelt down and worshiped God. So everyone sang with great joy as they knelt and worshiped God.
💫 Our heart is a Temple of God
⚖ Show Justice to Innocent
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I AM COMING SOON .....
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"
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🔽 The Downfall of Israel 🔽
The downfall of the king led to the downfall of Israel. Unlike David his father Ahaz did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He gave into idolatory which was an abomination to the Lord. He was defeated by the Arameans and given into the hands of the king of Israel who ill-treated them.
The army was met by Obed the prophet who told them that their rage has reached upto heaven. He asked them to send back the people taken as slaves and servants because the Lord's fierce anger rested on them. So the prisoners and slaves were given food, drink and clothing and taken back to their fellow country men.
But Ahaz was most unfaithful. He sacrificed to the gods of Aram. That led to his downfall and the downfall of Israel. He shut the door of the temple and set up altars in every street corner and provoked the Lord to anger.
👑 A wicked King has a godly son
Hezekiah the son of Ahaz did what was good, right and faithful before the Lord his God. In obedience to the laws and commands he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly.
He opened the doors of the temple closed by his father and repaired the doors and that included new gold overlay. The temple was repaired and purified entirely. Then burnt offerings and sin offerings were offered to atone for all Israel. Then sacrifices of thank offerings were brought.
🐑 Hezekiah celebrated Passover 🐑
When the northern kingdom ended as a result of the Assyrian invasion and deportation, the Chronicler shows All Israel once again united around the Davidi king and the temple.
For the Passover Hezekiah allowed 2 deviations:
♦ The Passover that was celebrated on the 14th day of the first month was postponed to the 2nd month.
♦ Not enough priests had consecrated themselves and the people had not assembled in Jerusalem.
A very large number of people assembled in Jerusalem and then the Passover was celebrated. There was great joy in Jerusalem. Since the days of Solomon there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. The priests and the Levites blessed the people.
The people generously gave their tithes and first fruits of grain, new wine, oil and honey and what the fields produced. All these were heaped up. Store houses were built to store the first fruits. The priests and Levites had enough to eat and plenty to spare. This was because of the generous wholehearted gifts of the people.
📋 A Lesson to Learn 📋
How should our giving to God be?
Our giving in the church of God should be done wholeheartedly and faithfully with an attitude of worship. All that we have belongs to God. We give Him from what He has given us. Let us be generous and faithful in giving to the Lord.
In Malachi 3:10 we are promised that the Lord will open the flood gates of heaven and pour out so much of blessing on us that we will not have room enough to receive it. Let us beware. If we are not faithful in our giving to the Lord, the Scripture says in Malachi chapter 3 that we are Robbing God.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa 📝
What is your call?
2 chronicles 30 shows us what was done to bring about revival in King Hezekiah's kingdom:
➡ the King organised messages to all Israel and Judah that the people should come to Jerusalem for the Passover (vs 1)
➡ Runners not only took up the duty of taking these messages to the people but spoke to them of it's importance (vs 6 - 9). These runners did their job although some people mocked them but many answered the call (vs 10-11)
➡ when the people came to Jerusalem to celebrate, some hadn't cleansed themselves according to the law (vs 17-18). Perhaps they didn't know or they were too excited. But it was wrong. Knowing this King Hezekiah interceded for them, that God covered them too with His atonement as their hearts were prepared to seek Him and God listened to the prayer by healing the people (vs 20).
This led to the huge revival seen in vs 25-27. What allowed this to happen is found in 2 chronicles 29:36; they prepared themselves to seek and serve God.
As we prepare and fix ( kuwn ) our hearts to seek and serve God, He will show us what our role is in the work ( avodah ) to take His Word to Israel (the outside world) and bring about revival in Judah (the church).
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THE WAY TO DAMASCUS 🐎
Two characters in OT and NT comes in my mind when I think of the journey from Jerusalem to Damascus even though the mission was different.
✅ Ever since Stephen's martyrdom , Saul @ Paul had been persecuting Jews who had become disciples of Jesus Christ. He obtained letters from the high authorities to go and arrest the followers of Jesus who had fled to Damascus and bring them back to Jerusalem for trial.
On the way to Damascus 🐎 :
~ Paul saw a blinding light , brighter than the midday sun ( Acts 9:3)
~ Paul heard a voice from heaven addressing him by his name .
~ Paul was shocked when the voice said I am Jesus.
Paul had been struck with blindness , and was commanded by Jesus to go to Damascus where his eyesight was restored.
🎈 The conviction that the Resurrected Jesus had appeared to him TRANSFORMED Paul forever and became the centre of his life and mission. This is Paul's "Damascus Road Experience "- an encounter with God.
✅ In the book of Kings and Chronicles , it is recorded that "Unlike David , his father , he ( AHAZ ) did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord ..". 2Kings 16:2- 4 ; 2Chron 28:1-4 Ahaz opens his reign with a staggering range of IDOLATRIES and ends it with SHUTTING THE DOORS OF THE TEMPLE ( 28: 1-4 , 24) .
📝 Beloved , we should not forget that the Prophet Isaiah had encouraged Ahaz ( @ 7:4 ) not to be afraid of the Northern Coalition ( @ King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah of Israel ) with a promise of Immanuel 7:7-14 .
✔ But Ahaz had turned a deaf ear to the counsel of Isaiah to trust in God rather than in Assyria. Thus he sent gold and silver as a gift to the King of Assyria, and he himself went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-Pileser , king of Assyria ( 2Kings 16:7-10 )
On the way to Damascus 🐎
> Ahaz saw an altar in Damascus.
> Ahaz sent the blueprint of the altar to Uriah
> Ahaz gave order to construct the replica of it in the Jerusalem temple.
✔ The records states that when Ahaz returned he was happy to see the altar and he presented his offerings :
~ Burnt Offering
~ Grain Offering
~ Drink Offering
~ Fellowship Offerings
But no Sin Offering.
✔ The wickedness of Ahaz can be summarized :
> He sacrificed his son in the fire
> He offered sacrifices and burned incense at high places
> He removed the Bronze Altar and was replaced by the new altar made by Uriah.
> He took out all the furnishings from the temple of God.
> He shut the doors of the Lord's temple
> He set up altars / high places in every town in Judah and Jerusalem.
✔✔ Ahaz provoked the Lord, the God of his fathers , to anger 😡
💕 Beloved , Jesus said , "We are in the world but not of the world. He further gave us the commission to go into the world with the Gospel. His rich promise "I am with you always" is with us even if we passes through the roads of Damascus or Samaria.
Glory to God🙏
Mark Boje, ArP 🌅
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2 Chronicles 31:20–21: “Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, HE DID IT WITH ALL HIS HEART. So he prospered.”
👉Hezekiah became king of Judah when he was twenty-five years old at the very end of the Kingdom of Israel. He reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem.
He was a righteous king of Judah, who sought to restore the basis of the nation both spiritually and politically.
Hezekiah was one of the best kings of Judah, and thus had a long and mostly blessed reign.
Hezekiah is sandwiched between his father, Ahaz, who was Judah’s worst king, and his son, Manasseh, who also followed evil ways.
His mother Abijah was a godly woman and had an important influence on his life.
In Hezekiah’s reign , Judah and the rest of Israel experienced had a great revival.
All the people of Judah reunited under one King, as one nation, one people The Passover feast was also restored.
So…. Hezekiah’s reign was the return to the glory of Solomon’s kingdom.
In verse 9, we saw; “not now be stiff-necked as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord and come to his sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever, and serve the Lord your God.”
📍 There are times in our lives that we may need to stop and check whether we are going in the right direction.
If not…👉RETURN…to the LORD… and determine , who is leading our life..
Here in this chapter we read, Hezekiah started all the preparation for celebrating the passover.
He invited every tribe to join them in returning to the LORD.
📍 Many mocked him, but a great number humbled themselves and came to the feast.
The actual celebration of Passover is a very serious business.
📍 While Hezekiah and the priests were very careful to do all that was required in the law of God.
📍But some of them had not gone through the ritual purification to be able to eat the Passover, but they went ahead and joined in the Passover meal. Hezekiah saw the people participating in the feast without being cleaned.
*Here Hezekiah prayed for them, asking the good LORD to provide mercy.
👉 In response, the LORD listened to Hezekiah and healed the people ..
Here we need to learn a lesson………….
👉As believers, we need to pray for others.
We are God’s partners on the earth. We pray and He answers.
👉 In our prayer, so often,* it has nothing more than a “bless me” session;* But it should not be like that.
🔥 We need to pray for each other,so that God wants to send healing, forgiveness and blessing into the earth and into the lives of people that we each know.
As Hezekiah did in this passage, …………….🔥 let’s pray through the Holy Spirit, to lead us into what to pray for God’s power and mercy …..
BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO SEEK THE LORD WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS.
During his reign Hezekiah did many good things... He revived the worship of God according to the Lord's commands. He stationed Levites in the temple of the Lord and they glorified God through their praises. He offered large numbers of sacrifices to the Lord and worshiped the Lord.
But above all these he did some remarkable things which need to be admired and followed by us."
♦He celebrated the Passover in a grand scale.
He sent word through couriers to ALL ISRAEL AND JUDAH, though he did not rule the northern kingdom.
Many ridiculed him and scorned him when they heard this but then a very large number of people paid heed and assembled in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, the Feast of the Unleavened Bread
♦Hezekiah saw that many of the people were not ceremononially clean. Rather than wait for another year, according to what the Lord said to Moses in Numbers 9: 10-13 he commanded them to observe the Feast in the second month instead of the first. This shows his great zeal in God.
The entire assembly rejoiced. There was a great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.
♦Even during the reign of many good kings who ruled Judah the high places were not removed and people continued to offer sacrifices on them (2 Kings 14:4, 2 Kings 12:3).
But Hezekiah destroyed all the high places and altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manssseh for the Lord had commanded in Deuteronomy 12: 1-14 that they should sacrifice only in His temple
2 Chronicles 31:21 highlights the life of Hezekiah
"In everything that he undertook in the service of the God's temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, Hezekiah sought his God and worked whole heartedly. And so he prospered."
📍We read of these words, "sought the Lord" in many places in the Bible.
📍What does seek mean?
It is to" look out ", to try to find something".
📍What does seeking the Lord mean?
We live on earth fully surrounded by earthly things and our eyes and hearts are always in the world. Seeking the Lord means to deliberately take our eyes from the world and its vanities, and lift them up toward our Lord who is in heaven, to do His will.
David had a goal in his life... "To seek the Lord."
In psalm 27:4 he said, "One thing I ask from the Lord, this only I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple" !
Dear friends, what do we seek in our lives?
Are we keen in seeking the worldly things?
Let us remember that the world and everything in it will soon pass away.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33,"Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well."
The Lord said in Jeremiah 29:13 ,"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.".
So let us, above everything look to the Lord and His strength and seek His face always.