2 Chronicles 30 Outline
– Hezekiah decided to send word to all Israel to come and celebrate the Passover (2 Chronicles 30:1-5)
– The messenger deliver Hezekiah’s letter to the Israelites from Dan to Beersheba (2 Chronicles 30:6-9)
– Many Israelites mocked the message but some heeded and went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover (2 Chronicles 30:10-12)
– Large crowds gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover (2 Chronicles 30:13)
– The people eliminated and thrown the altars and incense altars into Kidron Valley (2 Chronicles 30:14)
– The slaughtering of the Passover lamb on the 14th of the second month (2 Chronicles 30:15-16)
– The Israelites from Ephraimites, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun ate the passover meal without consecrating themselves (2 Chronicles 30:17-18)
– Hezekiah prayed for those who did not consecrate themselves to eat the Passover meal (2 Chronicles 30:19-20)
– The people celebrated Passover by eating their allotted portion and offering fellowship offerings for 7 days (2 Chronicles 30:21-22)
– The people decided to celebrate the Passover for another 7 more days (2 Chronicles 30:23-26)
– The priests and Levites prayed and blessed the people (2 Chronicles 30:27)
2 Chronicles 30 Summary
Hezekiah sent letter through messengers to the remnant of the Israelites that survived from the attack of the king of Assyria in Israel from Dan to Beersheba to come and celebrate the Passover. King Hezekiah urged the remnant people of Israel who survive the King of Assyria to turn back to God so that God’s wrath will not rest on them.
Many Israelites mocked the messengers but some people from the Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun tribes heeded the message and partook in the Passover celebration.
The Passover had not been celebrated in large number ever since the days of Solomon, son of King David according to what is written because there wasn’t enough priests that consecrate themselves. The suggestion about celebrating the Passover sound good to the king and the whole assembly.
Large crowds came to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. Together, they removed the altars and incense altars of the pagan gods and thrown them in Kidron Valley.
The Passover was celebrated on the 14th day of the 2nd month. For 7 days, the people celebrate by eating their allotted portions and offered fellowship offerings. Most of the people from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun did not consecrate themselves so the Levites had to kill the Passover lambs for them.
It was originally celebrated for 7 days but they later decided to celebrate the Passover for another 7 days more. Hezekiah provided 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep and goats. The officials also offered 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep and goats. A large number of priests purified themselves.
They ate the passover meal even thought they did not consecrate themselves. However, Hezekiah prayed that God will forgiven them. God heard Hezekiah’s prayer and healed the people. The priests and Levites stood to bless the people. Their prayers for the people reached up to heaven and God heard it.
2 Chronicles 30 Bible Study
1. The partaking of the communion
The Israelites celebrated the Passover as part a requirement according to the Law of Moses. Christians who had received water baptism must partake in the communions. Jesus said whoever who does not partake the communion do not have any part with him (John 6:53-58). The purpose of taking the communion is to remember how Jesus had died for us on the cross so that we can receive the forgiveness of sins through having faith in him (1 Corinthians 11:26). The bread represents the body of Christ which had been broken for us. The wine represents the blood of Jesus Christ which had been poured out for the sins of the people (Luke 22:19-20).
2.Repent and turn back to God
Hezekiah urged the Israelites to come and celebrate the passover and return to God so that God will bring back their relatives in exile to the land and turn away his wrath from them. Sin separates us from God. Everyone on earth is a sinner because we have the genes of sins descended from Adam and Eve, who sinned against God by eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We must identify ourselves to see if we have sinned in anyway. If you persists in sinning, God will not hear your prayer until you confess and repent of it (Isaiah 59:2; Isaiah 1:5; Ezekiel 39:23). God always hear and answer the prayer of a righteous person (Psalm 34:17; Psalm 145:19).