Epistles of Thomas

October 14, 2009

2 Chronicles 28-30

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 22:24
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Jotham’s son Ahaz was as wicked as his father had been righteous. He worshipped all sorts of idols and reinstituted Baal worship. He even sacrificed his children in the fire. He was defeated militarily by all the surrounding nations, including Israel. He sought help from foreign gods and closed the temple of Yahweh, setting up altars on every street corner instead. His son Hezekiah assumed power and reopened the temple of the Lord. It took the Levites sixteen days to clean out the temple and purify it and its instruments from all the wickedness of Ahaz. The cleansing ended with a great celebration and sacrifice in which thousands of animals were slaughtered.

They celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread and the Passover in the second month because they were not ready and not enough priests were consecrated at the proper time. The king invited all of the Hebrew people to Jerusalem to celebrate and although many scorned his messengers many came. Even foreigners came from both Israel and Judah (30:25) and there was great rejoicing as nothing of its kind had been seen since the days of David and Solomon.

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