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Friday, July 20, 2018

JESUS Is Our True PASSOVER LAMB To Take Away The Sins Of The World











2 Chronicles 30:1-27 NIV














Hezekiah Celebrates the Passover










1Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting them to come to the Temple of The Lord in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to The LORD, The GOD of Israel. 2The king and his officials and the whole assembly in Jerusalem decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month. 3They had not been able to celebrate it at the regular time because not enough priests had consecrated themselves and the people had not assembled in Jerusalem. 4The plan seemed right both to the king and to the whole assembly. 5They decided to send a proclamation throughout Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, calling the people to come to Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to The LORD, The GOD of Israel. It had not been celebrated in large numbers according to what was written.






6At the king’s command, couriers went throughout Israel and Judah with letters from the king and from his officials, which read:






“People of Israel, return To The LORD, The GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that HE May Return To you who are left, who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7Do not be like your parents and your fellow Israelites, who were unfaithful To The LORD, The GOD of their ancestors, so that He made them an object of horror, as you see. 8Do not be stiff-necked, as your ancestors were; submit To The LORD. Come to His Sanctuary, which HE Has Consecrated forever. Serve The LORD your GOD, so that His Fierce Anger Will Turn Away From you. 9If you return To The LORD, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will return to this land, For The LORD your GOD Is Gracious and Compassionate. HE Will Not Turn HIS Face From you if you return to HIM.”


10The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but people scorned and ridiculed them. 


11Nevertheless, some from Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and went to Jerusalem. 12Also in Judah The Hand of GOD Was On the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following The WORD of The LORD.






13A very large crowd of people assembled in Jerusalem to celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread in the second month. 14They removed the altars in Jerusalem and cleared away the incense altars and threw them into the Kidron Valley.


15They slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed and consecrated themselves and brought burnt offerings to the Temple of The LORD.16Then they took up their regular positions as prescribed in the Law of Moses the man of GOD. The priests splashed against the altar the blood handed to them by the Levites. 17Since many in the crowd had not consecrated themselves, the Levites had to kill the Passover lambs for all those who were not ceremonially clean and could not consecrate their lambsa to The Lord. 18Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May The LORD, WHO Is Good, Pardon everyone 19WHO sets their heart on seeking GOD—The LORD, The GOD of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the Sanctuary.” 20And The LORD Heard Hezekiah and Healed the people.


21The Israelites who were present in Jerusalem celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great rejoicing, while the Levites and priests praised The LORD every day with resounding instruments dedicated to The LORD.b


22Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites, who showed good understanding of the service of The LORD. For the seven days they ate their assigned portion and offered fellowship offerings and praised The LORD, The GOD of their ancestors.


23The whole assembly then agreed to celebrate the festival seven more days; so for another seven days they celebrated joyfully. 24Hezekiah king of Judah provided a thousand bulls and seven thousand sheep and goats for the assembly, and the officials provided them with a thousand bulls and ten thousand sheep and goats. A great number of priests consecrated themselves. 25The entire assembly of Judah rejoiced, along with the priests and Levites and all who had assembled from Israel, including the foreigners who had come from Israel and also those who resided in Judah. 26There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. 27The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and GOD Heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, HIS Holy Dwelling Place.






Chapter 30

  




In this chapter we have an account of the solemn Passover, which Hezekiah kept in the first year of his reign.


I. The consultation about it, and the resolution he and his people came to for the observance of it (v. 2-5).


II. The invitation he sent to Judah and Israel to come and keep it (v. 1, 6–12).


III. The joyful celebration of it (v. 13–27).


By this, the reformation, set on foot in the foregoing chapter, was greatly advanced and established.







My Help Comes From JEHOVAH my GOD, Yes It Does!




2 Chronicles 28:1-27 NIV







Ahaz King of Judah










1Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the Eyes of The LORD. 2He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and also made idols for worshiping the Baals. 


3He burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his children in the fire






engaging in the detestable practices of the nations The LORD Had Driven Out before the Israelites. 






4He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree.


5Therefore The LORD his GOD Delivered him into the hands of the king of Aram. The Arameans defeated him and took many of his people as prisoners and brought them to Damascus.






He was also given into the hands of the king of Israel, who inflicted heavy casualties on him. 6In one day Pekah son of Remaliah killed a hundred and twenty thousand soldiers in Judah—because Judah had forsaken The LORD, The GOD of their ancestors. 7Zikri, an Ephraimite warrior, killed Maaseiah the king’s son, Azrikam the officer in charge of the palace, and Elkanah, second to the king. 8The men of Israel took captive from their fellow Israelites who were from Judah two hundred thousand wives, sons and daughters. They also took a great deal of plunder, which they carried back to Samaria.


9But a prophet of The LORD named Oded was there, and he went out to meet the army when it returned to Samaria. He said to them, “Because The LORD, The GOD of your ancestors, Was Angry With Judah, HE Gave them into your hand. But you have slaughtered them in a rage that reaches to heaven. 10And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves. But aren’t you also guilty of sins against The Lord your GOD? 11Now listen to me! Send back your fellow Israelites you have taken as prisoners, For The LORD'S Fierce Anger Rests On you.”


12Then some of the leaders in Ephraim—Azariah son of Jehohanan, Berekiah son of Meshillemoth, Jehizkiah son of Shallum, and Amasa son of Hadlai—confronted those who were arriving from the war.13“You must not bring those prisoners here,” they said, “or we will be guilty Before The LORD. Do you intend to add to our sin and guilt? For our guilt is already great, and His Fierce Anger Rests On Israel.”


14So the soldiers gave up the prisoners and plunder in the presence of the officials and all the assembly.15The men designated by name took the prisoners, and from the plunder they clothed all who were naked. They provided them with clothes and sandals, food and drink, and healing balm. All those who were weak they put on donkeys. So they took them back to their fellow Israelites at Jericho, the City of Palms, and returned to Samaria.


16At that time King Ahaz sent to the kingsa of Assyria for help. 






17The Edomites had again come and attacked Judah and carried away prisoners, 18while the Philistines had raided towns in the foothills and in the Negev of Judah. They captured and occupied Beth Shemesh, Aijalon and Gederoth, as well as Soko, Timnah and Gimzo, with their surrounding villages. 19The LORD Had Humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel,bfor he had promoted wickedness in Judah and had been most unfaithful To The LORD. 20Tiglath-Pileserc king of Assyria came to him, but he gave him trouble instead of help. 


21Ahaz took some of the things from the Temple of The LORD and from the royal palace and from the officials and presented them to the king of Assyria, but that did not help him.






22In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful To The LORD. 23He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, “Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me.” But they were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel.


24Ahaz gathered together the furnishings from the Temple of GOD and cut them in pieces. He shut the doors of The LORD'S Temple and set up altars at every street corner in Jerusalem. 25In every town in Judah he built high places to burn sacrifices to other gods and aroused the Anger of The LORD, The GOD of his ancestors.


26The other events of his reign and all his ways, from beginning to end, are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 27Ahaz rested with his ancestors and was buried in the city of Jerusalem, but he was not placed in the tombs of the kings of Israel. And Hezekiah his son succeeded him as king.









Chapter 28





This chapter is the history of the reign of Ahaz the son of Jotham; a bad reign it was, and which helped to augment the fierce Anger of JEHOVAH.


We have here,


I. His great wickedness (v. 1-4).


II. The trouble he brought himself into by it (v. 5-8).


III. The reproof which GOD Sent by a prophet to the army of Israel for trampling upon their brethren of Judah, and the obedient ear they gave to that reproof (v. 9–15).


IV. The many calamities that followed to Ahaz and his people (v. 16–21).


V. The continuance of his idolatry notwithstanding (v. 22–25), and so his story ends (v. 26, 27).









Jotham Grew Powerful Because He Walked Steadfastly Before JEHOVAH His GOD





2 Chronicles 27:1-9 NIV







Jotham King of Judah








1Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. His mother’s name was Jerusha daughter of Zadok. 2He did what was right in the Eyes of The LORD, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of The LORD






The people, however, continued their corrupt practices. 3Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the Temple of The LORD and did extensive work on the wall at the hill of Ophel. 






4He built towns in the hill country of Judah and forts and towers in the wooded areas.


5Jotham waged war against the king of the Ammonites and conquered them. That year the Ammonites paid him a hundred talentsa of silver, ten thousand corsb of wheat and ten thousand corsc of barley. The Ammonites brought him the same amount also in the second and third years.


6Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly Before The LORD his GOD.


7The other events in Jotham’s reign, including all his wars and the other things he did, are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. 8He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. 9Jotham rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. And Ahaz his son succeeded him as king.







Chapter 27





Here is a very short account of the reign of Jotham, a pious prosperous prince, of whom one would wish to have known more: but we may better dispense with the brevity of his story because that which lengthened the history of the last three kings was their degeneracy in their latter end, of which we have had a faithful account; but there was no occasion for such a melancholy conclusion of the history of this reign, which is only an account,


I. Of the date and continuance of this reign (v. 1, 8).


II. The general good character of it (v. 2, 6).


III. The prosperity of it (v. 3-5).


IV. The period of it (v. 7, 9).





Power And Pride Led King Uzziah To His Downfall






2 Chronicles 26:1-23 NIV






Uzziah King of Judah







1Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah,a who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah. 2He was the one who rebuilt Elath and restored it to Judah after Amaziah rested with his ancestors.


3Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother’s name was Jekoliah; she was from Jerusalem. 4He did what was right in the Eyes of The LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done. 5He sought GOD during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the Fearb of GOD. As long as he sought The LORD, GOD Gave him success.


6He went to war against the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod. He then rebuilt towns near Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. 7GOD Helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabs who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites. 8The Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread as far as the border of Egypt, because he had become very powerful.


9Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate and at the angle of the wall, and he fortified them. 10He also built towers in the wilderness and dug many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain. He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.


11Uzziah had a well-trained army, ready to go out by divisions according to their numbers as mustered by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer under the direction of Hananiah, one of the royal officials. 12The total number of family leaders over the fighting men was 2,600. 13Under their command was an army of 307,500 men trained for war, a powerful force to support the king against his enemies. 14Uzziah provided shields, spears, helmets, coats of armor, bows and slingstones for the entire army. 15In Jerusalem he made devices invented for use on the towers and on the corner defenses so that soldiers could shoot arrows and hurl large stones from the walls. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful.


16But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to The LORD his GOD, and entered the Temple of The LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of The LORD followed him in. 


18They confronted King Uzziah and said,



“It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense To The LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the Sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored By The LORD GOD.”


19Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar In The LORD'S Temple, leprosyc broke out on his forehead.20When Azariah the chief priest and all the other priests looked at him, they saw that he had leprosy on his forehead, 






so they hurried him out. Indeed, he himself was eager to leave, because The LORD Had Afflicted him.






21King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate housed —leprous, and banned from the Temple of The LORD. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.






22The other events of Uzziah’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded by the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. 23Uzziah rested with his ancestors and was buried near them in a cemetery that belonged to the kings, for people said, “He had leprosy.” And Jotham his son succeeded him as king.








Chapter 26






This chapter gives us an account of the reign of Uzziah (Azariah he was called in the Kings) more fully than we had it before, though it was long, and in some respects illustrious, yet it was very briefly related, 2 Kings  14:21; 15:1, etc.


Here is,


I. His good character in general (v. 1-5)


II. His great prosperity in his wars, his buildings, and all the affairs of his kingdom (v. 6–15).


III. His presumption in invading the priests’ office, for which he was struck with a leprosy, and confined by it (v. 16–21) even to his death (v. 22, 23).