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2 Chronicles 29.20 - end

posted 10 Oct 2013, 02:01 by Ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com
King Hezekiah woke up early and assembled the city leaders at the Eternal’s house. 21 The men brought seven bulls, seven rams, seven lambs, and seven male goats as sin offerings representing the atonement of the entire kingdom, the sanctuary, and Judah. Hezekiah then ordered the priests, the sons of Aaron, to sacrifice for the Southern Kingdom’s sins on the Eternal’s altar, 22-24 slaughtering the bulls, rams, and lambs and sprinkling their blood on the altar. Then they sacrificed for the atonement of all of Israel, the North and the South, as Hezekiah requested by offering the male goats. The priests brought the goats before the king and the leaders, laid their hands on the animals, slaughtered them, and covered the altar with their blood.

Having cleansed the nation and the temple, Hezekiah prepares to celebrate.

25-26 He assigned the priests to play their trumpets and the Levites to play King David’s cymbals, harps, and lyres in the Eternal’s temple as the Eternal had commanded them to do through the words of David, Gad (David’s seer), and Nathan the prophet. 27 Then Hezekiah commanded the burnt offering be offered on the altar. During the offering, the musicians played their trumpets and David’s instruments, performing the song to the Eternal. 28 The people worshiped, the singers sang, and the trumpets sounded until the burnt offering was consumed. 29 Then the king and all the people there bowed down and worshiped.

Hezekiah and the Leaders (to the Levites): 30 Sing the songs of David the king and Asaph the seer, praising the Eternal One with their lyrics.

So the Levites praised Him joyously and bowed before Him in worship.

Hezekiah (to the people): 31 Now that you have cleansed yourselves with the blood offerings, show your gratitude by bringing your sacrifices and thanksgiving and burnt offerings to the Eternal’s temple.

The people did as Hezekiah suggested, 32-33 offering 600 bulls and 3,000 sheep, and some also brought burnt offerings to the Eternal: 70 bulls, 100 rams, and 200 lambs. 34 Because of the large number of offerings, the priests could not prepare all of the burnt offerings and the Levites had to help them skin the animals until all had been sacrificed and the priests had all sanctified themselves (which the Levites had already done since they were more concerned with cleansing than the priests were). 35 The quantity of the burnt offerings, the fat of the peace offerings, and the libations for the burnt offerings were enough to restore the Eternal’s temple and its practices, 36 so Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced over how quickly the True God had changed the hearts of the people and brought them back to following Him.