Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is my sincere prayer that you are being Blessed even as you read this email.
Today, we will continue the study of the Book of 2 Chronicles Chapters 29-31.
29:2. Hezekiah is commended for his godly faith and trust in the LORD (cf. 31:20, 21). See the note on 2 Kings 18:5.
29:3. Hezekiah's deep spiritual concern is seen in the record of revival that follows. Hezekiah's reforms included: cleansing the temple of all of the pagan innovations of Ahaz and the restoration of the proper articles of worship (vv. 1-19; cf. 30:14; 31:1), rededicating the temple (vv. 20-36), the reinstitution of the Passover (ch. 30), removing idolatry throughout the land (31:1), and appointing priests and Levites (31:2-19).
29:19. For details of Ahaz's apostate worship, see the notes on 2 Kings 16:3, 4 and 16:11-16.
29:20. In the original dedication of the temple, the service was accompanied by the offering of sacrifices (cf. 1 Kin. 8:62-65). So the rededication in Hezekiah's time also emphasized the need for offering sacrifices that expressed Judah's repentance and renewal of the heart's joyful commitment to God: the sin offering (vv. 20-24), the burnt offering (vv. 32-34), and the peace and drink offerings (v. 35).
29:25. For the importance of music in the worship services, see the note on 1 Chronicles 6:31-48.
30:1. Hezekiah's spiritual concern was communicated to all Israel (vv. 2-10). It met with a good response in many sections of the country (vv. 11, 12).
30:17-20. Although many had not had the opportunity to observe the strict regulations concerning the passover, their hearts were right before God. Thus, they found full acceptance with Him. The urgency of the occasion took precedence over mere ritual (cf. Ps. 40:6-8; Is. 1:11-20; Mic. 6:6-8).
30:23. The extended time for the observance of the Feast of Unleavened Bread gave adequate time for the reconsecration of the temple. Genuine worship is an occasion for true joy (v. 26).
31:1. See the note on Judges 3:6, 7.
31:2. For David's original setting of the Levites in their courses, see 1 Chronicles 23-26.
Yours in Jesus Christ,
Bishop William B. Caractor