2 Chronicles 31 Outline
– The Israelites removed idolatry from the Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh (2 Chronicles 31:1)
– Hezekiah assigned the priests their duties (2 Chronicles 31:2-3)
– Hezekiah contributed the animals for the burnt offerings from his own property (2 Chronicles 31:4)
– Hezekiah commanded the people to bring in the firstfruits and tithes (2 Chronicles 31:5-8)
– There was a large amount of leftover from the firstfruits and tithes for the priest (2 Chronicles 31:9-10)
– Hezekiah commanded a storeroom to be built for the dedicated offerings, firstfruits and tithes (2 Chronicles 31:11-13)
– The distribution of the freewill offerings and consecrated gifts (2 Chronicles 31:14-15)
– The distribution to the priests 3 years old and above (2 Chronicles 31:16)
– The distribution to the priests according to their genealogical records (2 Chronicles 31:17)
– Everyone was included in the genealogical record (2 Chronicles 31:18)
– Distribution to the Aaron’s descendants (2 Chronicles 31:19)
– Hezekiah was obedient and God blessed him (2 Chronicles 31:20)
2 Chronicles 31 Summary
After the Israelites had finished celebrating the Passover, they destroyed the sacred stones, Asherah poles, high places and altars. After that, they returned home.
Hezekiah assigned priests and Levites to offer burnt offerings, fellowship offerings, to give thanks and sing praises to God according to their duties. He donated the livestock from his own property to be used to supply the burnt offerings every morning and evening, Sabbaths, New Moon Festival and other feasts.
King Hezekiah ordered the people to bring in the firstfruit and tithes as required by the Law of Moses. The people heeded Hezekiah’s command and brought in their first fruits and tithes of herds. They brought in the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, oil, honey and other things that the field produced.
They brought in a tithe of flocks and holy things dedicated to God. The people contributed the firstfruits and tithes in heaps, so much that it is more than enough for the priests and Levites. They began doing this on the 3rd month and finished it on the 7th month. Hezekiah and his officials blessed the people when they saw the heaps of contributions the people made.
King Hezekiah asked the priests and Levites concerning the heaps and the priest, Azariah replied that it is more than enough and they have plenty to spare because of the large amount of leftover. King Hezekiah commanded a storeroom to be built. A Levite named Conaniah and his brother, Shimei were in charge of the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts. There were other supervisors under them including Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismachiah, Mahath, and Benaiah.
The Levite, Kore, son of Imnah was in charge of the freewill offerings along with other assistants including Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua, and Shemaiah, Amariah, and Shecaniah.
They distributed to the young and old fellow priests. They distributed to the males 3 years old and above that will enter the temple service. They distributed to the priests by the families in the genealogical records. They include everyone in the genealogical record including the little ones, wives, sons and daughters. Regarding Aaron’s descendants, men were designated by name to distribute to every male among them.
2 Chronicles 31 Bible Study
1. Wholeheartedly commit yourself to God
Hezekiah did not just stop at the double length Passover that lasted for 14 days instead of 7 days. After the Passover celebration, he assigned the priests and Levites to their duties. Hezekiah was committed to God wholeheartedly. We should be completely committed to God wholeheartedly and put him first in our lives. Everyday, you should spend time to worship and pray to God. You should read the Bible and study the word of God every day so that you know how to live your life for God. If you are obedient to God, God’s hand will be with you. He will take care of all your needs if you put him first in your life and sought after his will (Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 10:3; Isaiah 33:6).
2. Give generously with a cheerful heart
Hezekiah commanded the people to bring in the firstfruits and pay their tithes. Tithe is necessary to give. If you have a monthly income, you should set apart 10% every month to give as tithe to the church (Malachi 3:10). The tithe must be paid to the church, the house of God. The firstfruit is the whole salary of your first month. God promised to bless you abundantly if you give the whole salary of your first month as an offering to him. You can also give offering to the church or other Christian evangelical charities. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, when giving the offering, it should be according to the amount set in your heart and not given under compulsion but with a cheerful heart. The tithe must be given to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords with a cheerful and willing heart. If your tithe and offering is given out of a willing heart, God will bless it (2 Corinthians 9:6; Psalm 37:4-6).