Today Hezekiah, king of Judah, brings back worship of the Lord! 🙌 He opens the doors, makes repairs, and has the house of the Lord cleaned by the Levites. Afterwards, he gathers the leaders from the city to bring offerings to the temple for the Levites to sacrifice to the Lord to atone for all of Israel.
While the Levites are giving the offerings to the Lord, the entire assembly worships with songs and music written by King David and Asaph. Hezekiah also brings back the Passover which hasn’t been celebrated in a long time. He sends runners throughout both Israel and Judah with this word: “Children of Israel, return to the Lord God of Abraham, Issac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the kings of Assyria…For if you return to the Lord, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.”
Some of the people in Israel laugh at the runners but some humble themselves and go to Jerusalem with all of Judah. “Also the hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders, at the word of the Lord.” Then all who are in Jerusalem celebrate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread for double the normal 7 day celebration. “So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.” 🎉
In addition, Hezekiah 1) has the land purged from sacred pillars, wooden images, high places and altars, 2) appoints the priests and Levites to tasks according to his service, 3) establishes a tithing system from the people to support the the priests and Levites, and 4) builds a storeroom for all of the offerings, tithes, and dedicated things which are distributed to the priests and Levites and their families.
Hezekiah does what is pleasing to the Lord and so he prospers. Tomorrow we get to read some of Hezekiah’s favorite Proverbs he collected so keep reading.
(2 Chronicles 29:3-31:21)