From Sweeter Than Honey:
In chapter 30 of 2 Chronicles, we find King Hezekiah, who was a good king over Judah, sending a letter to all the people of Israel, Judah, Ephraim, and Manasseh. This letter was an invitation of sorts. It was an invitation to a feast—the Feast of Passover.
King Hezekiah was inviting all of Israel, Judah, Ephraim, and Manasseh “to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem to keep the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel” (30:1).
Hezekiah, his princes, and all the assembly in Jerusalem had taken counsel to keep the Passover in the second month, which was not the normal time for Passover, “because the priests had not consecrated themselves in sufficient number, nor had the people assembled in Jerusalem” (30:3).
These words stand out to me today as I read the king’s invitation to celebrate Passover: return, do not be faithless, do not be stiff-necked, yield yourselves, come to His sanctuary, serve the Lord your God. And then this in verse 9: “For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away His face from you, if you return to Him.”
Compassion: “For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful.” These are words of hope for people who needed hope desperately. If you’re in that “needing hope” boat today, remember Hezekiah’s invitation.
I love Hezekiah’s story!!
Within his story we see:
What part of Hezekiah's story touches you?
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