Week 23   Day 1


And the Passover celebration began 

            even those not invited came 

Those not ceremoniously clean

            were accepted

            because Hezekiah prayed 

            and God looked at their heart

            and judged them clean 

What a beautiful aspect of this story 


There was singing 


            great rejoicing 

            and unity 

The spirit of unity is a sign of true worship
It 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
prayed for them, saying, "May the good Lord provide
for everyone 19who prepares his heart to seek God,
though he
is not cleansed according to the purification of the
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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