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Week 23 Day 1
And the Passover celebration began
even those not invited came
Those not ceremoniously clean
because Hezekiah prayed
and God looked at their heart
and judged them clean
What a beautiful aspect of this story
There was singing
The spirit of unity is a sign of true worshipIt is a miracle which happens
among diverse people
who are not otherwise united
and would not be together
for any other reason except to worship
Great was the joy (and peace) in Jerusalem
nothing like this had happened
since the days of Solomon
People went home
inspired to destroy idol worship
from their land
Their lives were changed
they would never
be the same again.
THE PASSOVER One week was not enough!
So they continued another seven days. II Chronicles 30 & 31
10The runners passed from city to city through the country
of Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun; but they laughed
and mocked them. 11Nevertheless some humbled themselves
and came to Jerusalem. 12Also the hand of God was on Judah
to give them singleness of heart to obey the king.
13Many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem
to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month.
15Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth
day of the second month. The priests and the Levites sanctified
themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the
Lord. 16They stood in their place according to the Law of
Moses the man of God; the priests sprinkled the blood received
from the hand of the Levites. 17There were many in the
assembly who had not sanctified themselves; therefore the
Levites had charge of the slaughter of the Passover lambs for
everyone who was not clean, to sanctify them to the Lord.
18A multitude of the people, many from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, "May the good Lord provide atonement for everyone 19who prepares his heart to seek God, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary." 20The Lord listened to Hezekiah and healed the people.
21So the children of Israel kept the Feast seven days with
great gladness; the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day
by day, singing to the Lord, accompanied by loud instruments.
22Hezekiah gave encouragement to all the Levites who taught
the good knowledge of the Lord; and they ate throughout the
feast, offering peace offerings and making confession to the
God of their fathers.
23Then the assembly agreed to keep the Feast another
seven days. 25The whole assembly of Judah and of Israel
rejoiced, also the priests and Levites, the sojourners who
came, and those who dwelt in Judah. 26There was great
joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon, there had
been nothing like this in Jerusalem.
1When all was finished, all who were present went out to
the cities of Judah and threw down the high places and the
altars until they had destroyed them all. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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