Hezekiah Called For a Worship Service at The Temple

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Dedication

After the priests and Levites had made things right in their own life and cleansed the temple Hezekiah called together the officials of Jerusalem, and they went to the temple (v. 20). They brought with them bulls, rams, lambs and goats to offer as sacrifices (v. 21). These were offered to take away the sins of Hezekiah’s family and of the people of Judah as well as to purify the temple.

The priests who were the descendants of Aaron helped with this worship service. They killed the bulls, rams and the lambs and splattered the blood on the altar (v. 22). Then they took the goats to Hezekiah and the worshipers and laid their hands on the animals (v. 23). The priests killed the goats and splattered the blood on the altar as a sacrifice to take away the sins of everyone in Israel (v. 24).

This was because Hezekiah had commanded that these sacrifices be made for all the people of Israel as an act of dedication. It has always taken a blood sacrifice to take care of the sins of the people but these were always just a temporary relief and had to be repeated over and over again. That is why it is so wonderful that Jesus shed blood on the cross takes care of our sins forever.

Application

After I have made sure that I have everything in my own heart and life made right then I am ready to help others dedicate their life to the Lord. 

II Chronicles 29:20-24 (English Standard Version)

Then Hezekiah the king rose early and gathered the officials of the city and went up to the house of the LORD. And they brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven male goats for a sin offering for the kingdom and for the sanctuary and for Judah. And he commanded the priests, the sons of Aaron, to offer them on the altar of the LORD. So they slaughtered the bulls, and the priests received the blood and threw it against the altar. And they slaughtered the rams, and their blood was thrown against the altar. And they slaughtered the lambs, and their blood was thrown against the altar. Then the goats for the sin offering were brought to the king and the assembly, and they laid their hands on them, and the priests slaughtered them and made a sin offering with their blood on the altar, to make atonement for all Israel. For the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel.

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