Today’s Scripture reading consists of two Bible references. Today’s devotional is taken from 2 Chronicles 31. We will consider Psalm 48 in a future study.
Review of Hezekiah’s Reign (2 Chronicles 29-30)
Continuing our chronological study of the Scriptures, we find ourselves observing a blessed time of revival in Judah during the reign of Hezekiah. Though only twenty-five years old when he became king (29:1), he was a man far different from his father Ahaz. King Ahaz had defied the LORD, and invited God’s judgment on Judah (2 Chronicles 28). That wicked king had gathered the vessels of the Temple and destroyed them, and then “shut up the doors of the house of the LORD” (28:24).
Unlike his father, Hezekiah set his heart to serve the LORD, and obey His Law and Commandments (29:2). In the first year of his reign, Hezekiah commanded the doors of the Temple be opened, and directed the priests and Levites to clean and sanctify the house of the LORD (29:3-5). After rededicating the Temple, and renewing the covenant with the LORD (29:10-36), Hezekiah invited “all Israel and Judah” to “come to the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, to keep the Passover unto the LORD God of Israel” (30:1).
Those that gathered in Jerusalem to worship the LORD for the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread experienced “a great joy in Jerusalem” like that which had not been seen “since the time of Solomon” (30:26).
2 Chronicles 31 – A Fervor of Revival and Sacrificial Giving
The spiritual zeal for the LORD did not diminish, and as the people departed Jerusalem, they went throughout the cities of Judah and Israel, breaking down idols, and cutting down the groves that had been places of religion contrary to God’s Law (31:1). With all the idol places destroyed, every man then returned “to his possession, into their own cities” (31:1).
Regular Worship Restored (31:2-4)
The revival was past; however, the reformation continued as Hezekiah directed the priests and Levites to begin their daily duties in the Temple (31:2). Setting an example of giving, the king brought his portion to be offered “as it is written in the law of the LORD” (31:3). He then commanded the people to give to support those who ministered in the Temple, the priests, Levites, and their families (31:4).
The People’s Enthusiastic Giving (31:5-10)
For seven months the people brought their offerings to the Temple. They brought the “firstfuits” (31:5), and then the tithes of their livestock (31:6). In fact, so much was given, the offerings of the people were in “heaps” (31:7). When Hezekiah and the leaders “saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his people Israel” (31:8). So much had been given, that the chief priest confessed, “we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty” (31:9-10).
Storage Chambers Established (31:11-19)
So much had been given, that Hezekiah ordered chambers be prepared to store the offerings of the people (31:11). Supervisors and assistants were chosen to oversee the storage of grain and oils, and then the distribution of those gifts to support the families of the Levites and priests (31:12-19).
Hezekiah’s Enduring Testimony (31:20-21)
The king’s zeal for the LORD was known throughout Judah. He was “good [generous] and right [obeying the Law], and truth [faithful] before the LORD his God” (31:20).
Hezekiah’s zeal for the LORD was summed up in this: “In every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered” (31:21).
Closing thoughts: Isn’t that an inspiring epitaph for us in this in life? Everyone wants to be successful, but how many will make the sacrifice to please the LORD in everything they do?
We lived with one heart, one mind, and one desire to serve the LORD, obey His Word, and seek Him with all our hearts (31:21).
Have you made that your life aspiration?
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