This Sunday I’ll be preaching on a very special Passover celebration that’s found in the 30th chapter of 2 Chronicles. In this chapter Hezekiah invites the northern kingdom of Israel to celebrate with the southern kingdom of Judah a very special Passover feast. What makes this celebration so unique is that it’s been a very long time since the Passover feast has been celebrated. This was supposed to happen every year in Jerusalem but probably during Ahaz’s reign (Hezekiah’s father) the Passover feast ceased. Ahaz was a godless and pagan king and probably Passover was a source of conviction to his heart so he just did away with it. Think about what it would be like as Christians not to be able to celebrate Christmas or Easter for 30 or 50 years. The Passover feast was supposed to be at the very heart of the Jewish faith experience.
Hezekiah goes out of his way to invite the whole nation to this feast. In the 30th chapter we read these words, “and Hezekiah spoke encouraging words unto all the Levites who taught the good knowledge of the Lord; and they did eat throughout the feast, seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the Lord God of their fathers. And the whole assembly took counsel to keep it another seven days; and they kept another seven days with gladness”(v.22-23 KJV). What an absolutely incredible time this was. They were having so much fun that they extended the celebration for an additional week. I wonder if we’ve ever enjoyed our worship of Christ so much that it’s led us to radically change our schedule or our appointments. I wonder if God ever tried to break through our routines and habits if we would even be aware of His moving and working.
I love the last 2 verses of that 30th chapter where the historian records ,“So there was great joy in Jerusalem; for since the time of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel, there was not the like in Jerusalem. Then the priests, the Levites arose and blessed the people; and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to His holy dwelling place even unto heaven: (v.26-27 KJV). May our prayers and our praise be acceptable to our great God as we worship Him through our Passover Lamb the Lord Jesus Christ!
Pastor Rich Sivo