The Passover is Celebrated

Praise

A large crowd of people gathered in Jerusalem in the second month to celebrate the Festival of Thin Bread (v. 13). They took all the foreign incense altars and threw them into the Kidron Valley (v. 14). Then on the 14thday of that same month, the Levites began killing the lambs for Passover because many of the worshipers were unclean and not allowed to kill their own lambs (vv. 15-17). Some of the priests and Levites were ashamed because they had not gone through the ceremony to make themselves clean. So they immediately went through that ceremony and went to the temple where they offered sacrifices to please the Lord. Then they took their positions according to the law of Moses. As the Levites killed the lambs, they handed some of the blood to the preists who splattered it on the altar.

Most of the people who had come from Ephraim, Issaachar, West Manassa and Zebulun had not made themselves clean, but ignored God’s Law and ate the Passover anyway (vv. 18-19). Hezekiah prayed to God for these unclean people. He also asked God to please be kind and forgive them for worshiping just like their ancestors did. The Lord answered Hezekiah’s prayer and did not punish them (v. 20).

Application

It is good to praise people publically and criticize them privately. I need to be looking for ways to praise people for their accomplishments in life. Honest praise is one of the greatest motivators I can possibly give to others. I would like to be known as an encourager.

II Chronicles 30:13-20 (English Standard Version)

And many people came together in Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month, a very great assembly. They set to work and removed the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for burning incense they took away and threw into the Kidron Valley. And they slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. And the priests and the Levites were ashamed, so that they consecrated themselves and brought burnt offerings into the house of the LORD. They took their accustomed posts according to the Law of Moses the man of God. The priests threw the blood that they received from the hand of the Levites. For there were many in the assembly who had not consecrated themselves. Therefore the Levites had to slaughter the Passover lamb for everyone who was not clean, to consecrate it to the LORD. For a majority of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, "May the good LORD pardon everyone who sets his heart to seek God, the LORD, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary's rules of cleanness." And the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.

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