The Levite Leaders Purified The Temple

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Consecration

As soon as Hezekiah finished talking the Levite leaders went to work (vv. 12-14). These leaders gathered all of the Levites together and they went through a ceremony to make themselves clean (v. 15). Then they began to purify the temple according to the law of the Lord. The priests went into the Temple and carried out everything that was unclean (v. 16). First they put these things in the courtyard, and from there they carried them outside the city to the Kidron Valley. It took the priests and Levites one week to purify the courtyards of the temple and another week to purify the temple (v. 17).

After they had finished their work they went back to Hezekiah and told him what they had done (v. 18). They said, “The entire temple is now pure again, and so is the altar and its utensils as well as the table of shew bread and its utensils.” They also told him how they had brought back all the things that king Ahaz had taken from the temple during his reign (v. 19). They had purified them and put them back in front of the altar.

Application

In order for me to be used of the Lord I must first of all confess my sin and make sure my life is clean and pure. Then I can begin to help others get right with the Lord.

 

II Chronicles 29:12-19 (English Standard Version)

Then the Levites arose, Mahath the son of Amasai, and Joel the son of Azariah, of the sons of the Kohathites; and of the sons of Merari, Kish the son of Abdi, and Azariah the son of Jehallelel; and of the Gershonites, Joah the son of Zimmah, and Eden the son of Joah; and of the sons of Elizaphan, Shimri and Jeuel; and of the sons of Asaph, Zechariah and Mattaniah; and of the sons of Heman, Jehuel and Shimei; and of the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel. They gathered their brothers and consecrated themselves and went in as the king had commanded, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD. The priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD to cleanse it, and they brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD. And the Levites took it and carried it out to the brook Kidron. They began to consecrate on the first day of the first month, and on the eighth day of the month they came to the vestibule of the LORD. Then for eight days they consecrated the house of the LORD, and on the sixteenth day of the first month they finished. Then they went in to Hezekiah the king and said, "We have cleansed all the house of the LORD, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the table for the showbread and all its utensils. All the utensils that King Ahaz discarded in his reign when he was faithless, we have made ready and consecrated, and behold, they are before the altar of the LORD."

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