Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 4 - 2 Chronicles 30

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Chronicles 30. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • We saw in chapter 29 that Hezekiah became king following evil King Ahaz, who had stopped everyone from worshipping God. Hezekiah is seeking to bring the nation back to the worship of God again. 
  • Here we see Hezekiah re-instituting celebrating the Passover. The annual Passover holiday celebrates when God spared the lives of ("passed over")the first born sons of the Israelites in Egypt (see Exodus 12).
  • Here, the Israelites find themselves having to celebrate the Passover a month late, but God had made a provision for that under the right circumstances (see Numbers 9:10-11).
  • Hezekiah's hope is that everyone will turn to God, so he sent the message out to everyone throughout Israel and Judah (verses 6-9). Most of the people rejected the message (verse 10), but some sought God (verse 11).
  • The people remove all the items that led people to sin or to worship something other than God (verse 14), hoping to offer God pure worship.
  • The enthusiasm of the people to worship God shames the priests (verse 15) who have not been as enthusiastic
  • It had been over 200 years since a celebration like this had occurred (see verse 26).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God wants everyone to believe in and worship Him. Hezekiah reflects God's desire by inviting everyone to come worship. He couldn't choose for them, but he did need to give them the choice. We need to reflect God's desire by looking for opportunities to share our faith, and by inviting everyone to come seek God and worship Him with us at church. We can't choose for them, but we need to give them the choice.
  • The people removed everything that was connected with sin or that might lead them to sin. Is there anything in your life that you need to remove? Maybe something in your computer or phone, or in a drawer or cabinet in your house?
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • How often do you share your faith or invite someone to come to church with you? If the answer is "not often", do you see how it's not fair of you to not at least give them the chance? What could help you to start reflecting God's heart that everyone should know and love Him?
  • What do you need to remove from your life so you can offer yourself to God and live for Him in a more pure way?