Read 185.) II Chronicles 29:1 thru 31:21. With this reading, we learn that Judah gets something of a reprieve. Why? Look to the rise of good King Hezekiah! It would appear to be right about 725 BC still. Assyria is the great present threat, and the northern kingdom of Israel is going to be gobbled up. Right from the beginning of our story, Hezekiah commences to engage in the national reforms that have been sorely needed. He commenced it with his first day on the throne, says 29:17. With the completion of the consecration of the priests, and all that had to do with Solomon’s Temple, now some 235 years old, they began to restore the ritual sacrifices unto the Lord. The elements of an innocent substitute shedding its blood and dying in the penitent’s place for their sins is seen all throughout verses 20 thru 24. These picture Christ, dying for the sins of the world. Next, they engaged in worship of the Lord, that involved the singing of some of David’s psalms. There is always this picture of cleansing and forgiveness before worship. We, too, are always in need of seeking to be forgiven and cleansed before we offer up our worship! All we read of in chapter 29 took place within the first month of his reign. Judah had a good king, and righteousness was returning to the kingdom. Would Judah be spared? Would she continue to have good kings? Chapter 30 relates how that Hezekiah sought to include all the people of the Lord, even from their sister kingdom of Israel to the north, which had already known some of their people to have been taken away by Assyria. See how that when the people were turning to God, He was returning to them, in verse 12, as it was said would happen to them in verses 6 and 9. They now observed the Passover unto the Lord in the second month, which takes place in the spring of the year. Then, with verses 18 thru 20, we read of a gracious miracle! The chapter closes on a strong note that revival was coming into the land. Judah had returned unto the Lord! What would result from all this?
Chapter 31 tells us… First, revival continued to spread from Jerusalem, throughout the land. They purged Judah of all that was unclean. They commenced to give the tithe unto the Lord for the support of His servants and Temple services. This went on for 4 months, until there was no need among their priesthood and temple servants! Beyond the required tithe, the people also gave over-and-above with their freewill offerings! However, nothing reflects more powerfully upon what was going on and why, than what we read in the closing verse of chapter 31. Hezekiah, “sought his God and worked wholeheartedly,” “doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord.” We who are reading of this ought all to be and do the very same! O, that God would give us such leaders in our day! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell