#BAM #INYOFACEDEVIL Bible Study
w/Dr. June Knight
2 Chronicles 27-31
Today we discovered that God has expectations for his people. When the Kings surrendered to God they:
1. Gave up their idols
2. Tore down all the high places (got rid of the occult)
3. God hates pride and kings taking the glory
4. God wants to be included in the matters of the kings
5. The Kings of Israel mixed with culture and God did not like that. God calls the remnant to honor his precepts and laws. They are not ALLOWED TO MIX.
Jotham reigns in Judah, follows God, builds up Judah, fights with Ammon and wins, becomes strong, rules for 25 years, and dies.
Ahaz reigns in Judah, worships other gods, and is defeated by Syria and Israel. Oded the prophet secures the release of Judan slaves from Israel. Ahaz makes an alliance with Assyria. Ahaz closes the temple and turns to apostasy.
Hezekiah reigns in Judah, follows God, reopens and cleanses the temple, makes a new covenant with God, and restores worship service with singing and offerings.
Hezekiah invites Judah and Israel to Jerusalem for Passover. Many come, are purified, confess, sacrifice, worship, sing and rejoice. Those who do not observe the correct cultic protocols are forgiven at the prayer of Hezekiah. There is seven days of feasting at Jerusalem – nothing like this had been seen since the days of Solomon.
Images of false worship are destroyed throughout Judah after the Passover. Hezekiah appoints priests and Levites in temple services. Tithes are collected, so the Levites have an abundance of oxen and sheep, lying in heaps. The tithes are distributed to the Levites throughout Judah. Hezekiah was godly and prospered.