2 Chronicles 31
-This chapter continues to describe the good times in Israel during King Hezekiah’s righteous reign under the LORD’s authority. Idols and their altars were destroyed and eradicated throughout all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh in a surge of holiness before the LORD. Then the sons of Israel returned to their cities, each to his own possession in peace and well being (2 Chronicles 31:1). The divisions were established once again for the work of the LORD unto the priests and Levities. These roles had three main purposes the Bible explains: 1. To minister, 2. To give thanks, 3. To praise the LORD (2 Chronicles 31:2). There was also a renewed spirit of generosity in the land as giving in heaps of overflow was experienced (2 Chronicles 31:4-12). As the people faithfully brought in their tithes they were consecrated for the purpose of spiritual worship as people and things “set apart” for the LORD’s work (2 Chronicles 31:6,12). Oversight was divided and delegated out by the king, and there was incredible service occurring in the kingdom (2 Chronicles 31:12-17). A renewal of proper genealogical enrollment also came about for all members of the families (2 Chronicles 31:18-19). “Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah; and he did what was good, right, and true before the LORD his God. Every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law and in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart and prospered (2 Chronicles 31:20-21).”
-*Application* Because Hezekiah did what was good, just, and right in the land before his God a spiritual renewal took place. The parts we can take from the last couple of chapters are sevenfold: 1. Remember the LORD’s compassion (2 Chronicles 30:9), 2. Keep going despite ridicule (2 Chronicles 30:10), 3. Aggressively remove evil influences in your life and society (2 Chronicles 30:14; 31:1), 4. Intercede for people, asking the LORD to forgive and heal (2 Chronicles 30:15-20), 5. Be open to spontaneity in worship (30:23), 6. Contribute generously to the LORD’s work (2 Chronicles 31:3), 7. Accept your God given assignment in His service (2 Chronicles 12-19). These are integral parts of seeing renewed spiritual awakenings in our communities. May we abide and act!
Verses to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 31:20-21