The Passover Celebration Continues

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Praise

The time set by the law for the celebration of the Feast of Unleavened Bread was seven days (Ex. 12:15; Lev. 23:6) but because it had fallen into such irregularity they doubled the period of celebration and kept it 14 days with great satisfaction and joy. Materials for additional sacrificial meals were supplied by the King and the priests. While the priests sang and praised the Lord (v. 21). Hezekiah thanked the Levites for leading the celebration and doing such a good job (v. 22). The worshipers celebrated for seven days by offering sacrifices, by eating the sacred meals, and by praising the Lord God of their ancesters.

As stated above they actually celebrated for seven days by offering sacrifices and everyone was so excited that they agreed to celebrate seven more days (v. 23). A great number of the priests sacrificed themselves so that there would be a sufficient number of hands for the additional services. Hezekiah gave the people 1000 bulls and 7000 sheep to be offered as sacrifices and to be used as sacred food for the meals. The princes also gave 1000 bulls and 10,000 sheep and a great number of priests sanctified themselves for service (v. 24). Everyone was very happy, including those from Judah and Israel, the priests, the Levites and the foreigners living in Judah and Israel (v. 25). It was the biggest celebration in Jerusalem since the days of King Solomon (v. 26). The priests and Levites asked God to bless the people and their prayer was heard all the way to heaven (v. 27). 

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 30:21-27 (English Standard Version)

And the people of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness, and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with all their might to the LORD. And Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites who showed good skill in the service of the LORD. So they ate the food of the festival for seven days, sacrificing peace offerings and giving thanks to the LORD, the God of their fathers. Then the whole assembly agreed together to keep the feast for another seven days. So they kept it for another seven days with gladness. For Hezekiah king of Judah gave the assembly 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep for offerings, and the princes gave the assembly 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep. And the priests consecrated themselves in great numbers. The whole assembly of Judah, and the priests and the Levites, and the whole assembly that came out of Israel, and the sojourners who came out of the land of Israel, and the sojourners who lived in Judah, rejoiced. So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. Then the priests and the Levites arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard, and their prayer came to his holy habitation in heaven.

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