2 Chronicles 29 & 30: It Is In Mine Heart
Verse of the Day: (29:10) Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
1. Heart (29:1-29)
And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel; for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel. (29:24)
Hezekiah succeeded Ahaz, his father, as the King of Judah, and he was a good king. He commanded the priests and the Levites to sanctify themselves before they repaired God’s house, and worship only the God of Israel. He had his heart to make a covenant with God so that Israel shall escape His fierce wrath. He then gathered the people, and commanded the priests to offer 7 bullocks, 7 rams, 7 lambs and 7 he goats on God’s altar for the burnt and sin offerings by shedding the blood of the sacrifices as an atonement of the sins of all Israel. Indeed, this was the prophecy of the coming of Jesus, the Son of God, to die on the cross, and shed His blood, as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Hebrews 9)
2. Head (29:30-36)
Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped. (29:30)
When God forgave the sins of Israel, they rejoiced and thanked Him bowing their heads in submission and humility for all that God had done for them. The people then willingly and joyfully offered 70 bullocks, 100 rams and 200 lambs for a burnt offering, and also consecrated 600 oxen and 3,000 sheep until the priests had to call in the Levites to help them with the flaying of these generous offerings. Indeed, our greatest joy is when we bow our heads and hearts, and receive Jesus as our Saviour. This was what Jesus did when He bowed his head to His Father, and proclaimed, “It is finished!” He gave His life for the world, that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life with Him. (John 19:30)
3. Heal (30:1-27)
And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people. (30:20)
Hezekiah invited the people from the northern kingdom, who were now under the Assyrians after their defeat to them, to God’s house at Jerusalem to observe the Passover, which was an important event reminding them of how God saved them during the time of their bondage in Egypt. (Exodus 12) He then instituted the Passover on the second month so that those who were not sanctified could have the chance to repent of their sins. (Numbers 9:9-14) He loved and obeyed God in his heart, and God answered his prayer by healing them and forgiving their sins as they turned to Him in repentance. (1 John 1:9-10)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that You have put in my heart to truly love You and others.