Thursday, July 18, 2013

And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people. . .

2 Chronicles 30:15-20
Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD. And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites. For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the LORD. For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary. And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

I find great comfort in this passage. A little background for understanding, at this time the Hebrew people were newly come back to the Lord. King Hezekiah turned the nation away from evil and began restoring them into favor with God:

2 Chronicles 29:1-10
Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done. He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them. And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street, And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place. For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs. Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel. Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes. For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this. 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.

He tried to do that which was right, but there were too few priests. . .

2 Chronicles 29:34-36
But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the priests. And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order. And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.



We know that the Law of Moses is very particular, and very specific as to how things were to be done. Hezekiah had a choice, either do nothing. . . have the people not partake of the Passover, or to do it to the best of their ability. . . not fully sanctifying everything and everyone in the manner prescribed by the Law. . . and to fall upon the mercy of God to look at their hearts, and to cover them with the Grace of God. . . .

Again I read it. . .

2 Chronicles 30:18-20
. . . .But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary. And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

There are some who have gone before us. . . who didn’t do everything according to how the Bible prescribes that things be done. . .Not speaking of righteousness, but in ways of ‘cleans[ing] according to the purification of the sanctuary. . . ‘ This gives me hope. . . those who prepared their heart to seek God. . .though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary. . .the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people. . .

I weep. . .there is hope. . .

Psalm 18:30
As for God, his way is perfect. . .

No one at the end of the day, can point a finger at God and justly accuse Him of not being righteous. . . In spite of not doing everything to the letter of the Law. . . the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people. . . .

Unrepented of unrighteousness will not be ignored, but at least in this occasion in the Old Testament failure to follow the letter of the Law was forgiven. . .


2 Chronicles 30:20
And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

I thank you my God. . .
This is great comfort to me.
I have hope. . .
I love you my Lord. . .

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