2 Chronicles 31

In 2 Chronicles 31, Hezekiah continues his journey to clean up the kingdom from the evil that had rooted itself in various places.  After the Passover, “all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke in pieces the pillars and cut down the Asherim and broke down the high places….until they had destroyed them all”.  These places had been around for decades through many different kings, even some who were mostly doing what was right in God’s eyes.  So this is a big deal – to rid the kingdom of this rooted sin.

But Hezekiah does it and sets up a system of authority among the priests to serve the people and their worship of God.  One of the things that was instituted was a return to tithing and bringing God his portion of the harvest.  The people responded overwhelmingly and “they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything….and laid them in heaps”.  They didn’t just tithe, they brought offerings and basically overwhelmed the priests with more than they could handle so the contributions just piled up.

It is a very positive problem.  Their happiness was not only because it meant that there would be plenty for the priests and Levites, it also showed that the Spirit of God was working powerfully in the people of Israel.  Hezekiah comes and sees the situation and gives instruction to bring those tithes into the house of the Lord, so the priests prepare a place and bring them in and bless them.  King Hezekiah was wise enough to know that it was important to properly manage the generous gifts of God’s people. They were concerned to do everything faithfully, out of respect to both God and His people who generously gave.

Hezekiah led the people well.  Scripture tells us “he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God”.  About most kings, the words are ‘he did what was right’ but for Hezekiah, we get more.  He was good and faithful too.  Hezekiah is in a class of his own compared to most.  He was a faithful servant of the Lord.  “And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered”.

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