Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000576
00:15 Hello, and welcome to His Words are Life.
00:17 I'm Kelly Mowrer, and today we're reading in the book
00:20 of 2nd Chronicles. Before we begin, let's pray together.
00:23 Dear God, thank you for your word that is a light to our path
00:30 and it helps us to walk safely through the day.
00:34 Please be with us now in this time to hear your word for us.
00:38 Send the Holy Spirit to give us understanding.
00:40 Thank you so much. Amen. We're reading in 2nd Chronicles,
00:44 chapter 30, and we're in the middle of the story of
00:48 the reign of king Hezekiah, who is calling the people of Israel
00:53 to return to following the ways of the Lord.
00:57 We're picking up now in the middle of a proclamation that he
01:00 issued in verse 7. This is the King James Version.
01:04 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which
01:09 trespassed against the Lord God of their fathers,
01:12 who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see.
01:16 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield
01:21 yourselves unto the Lord, and enter into his sanctuary,
01:24 which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the Lord your
01:28 God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.
01:32 For if ye turn again unto the Lord, your brethren and your
01:37 children shall find compassion before them that lead them
01:40 captive, so that they shall come again into this land:
01:44 for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful,
01:47 and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.
01:52 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of
01:57 Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them
02:02 to scorn, and mocked them. Nevertheless divers of Asher
02:08 and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves,
02:10 and came to Jerusalem. Also in Judah the hand of God was to
02:16 give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and
02:19 of the princes, by the word of the Lord. And there assembled
02:22 at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened
02:25 bread in the second month, a very great congregation.
02:28 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem
02:32 and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them
02:36 into the brook Kidron. Then they killed the passover
02:40 on the 14th day of the 2nd month and the priests and the Levites
02:44 were ashamed and sanctified themselves, and brought in the
02:48 burnt offering into the house of the Lord. And they stood in
02:51 their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses
02:54 the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood,
02:57 which they received of the hand of the Levites.
03:00 For there were many in the congregation that were not
03:03 sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the
03:06 killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean,
03:09 to sanctify them unto the Lord. For a multitude of the people,
03:13 even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and
03:16 Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat
03:20 the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed
03:24 for them, saying, The good Lord pardon every one that prepareth
03:28 his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he be
03:32 not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.
03:35 And the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.
03:39 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem
03:42 kept the feast of unleavened bread 7 days with great gladness
03:46 and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day,
03:51 singing with loud instruments unto the Lord.
03:54 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught
03:59 the good knowledge of the Lord: and they did eat throughout
04:01 the feast 7 days, offering peace offerings, and making confession
04:07 to the Lord God of their fathers. And the whole assembly
04:10 took counsel to keep other 7 days: and they kept other 7
04:14 days with gladness. For Hezekiah the king of Judah did give
04:19 to the congregation a thousand bullocks and 7,000 sheep;
04:23 and the princes gave to the congregation 1,000 bullocks
04:26 and 10,000 sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified
04:30 themselves. And all the congregation of Judah,
04:34 with the priests and the Levites and all the congregation
04:37 that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the
04:40 land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced.
04:43 So there was great Joy in Jerusalem: for since the time
04:48 of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not
04:52 the like in Jerusalem. Then the priests the Levites arose
04:56 and blessed the people: and their voice was heard,
05:00 and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place,
05:03 even unto heaven. Continuing with 2nd Chronicles,
05:07 chapter 31, and this is the King James Version.
05:09 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present
05:15 went out to the cities of Judah and brake the images in pieces,
05:19 and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places
05:23 and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also
05:27 and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all.
05:31 Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his
05:34 possession, into their own cities. And Hezekiah appointed
05:39 the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses,
05:42 every man according to his service, the priests and Levites
05:46 for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister,
05:49 and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents
05:53 of the Lord. He appointed also the king's portion of his
05:57 substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the
06:01 morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt
06:04 offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons,
06:06 and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the Lord.
06:10 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give
06:15 the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be
06:20 encouraged in the law of the Lord. And as soon as the
06:25 commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in
06:28 abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey,
06:33 and of all the increase of the field: and the tithe of all
06:38 things brought they in abundantly. And concerning
06:44 the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities
06:46 of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep,
06:50 and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto
06:54 the Lord their God, and laid them by heaps.
06:56 In the 3rd month they began to lay the foundation of the
07:00 heaps and finished them in the 7th month. And when Hezekiah
07:04 and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the
07:07 Lord, and his people Israel. Then Hezekiah questioned with
07:13 priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.
07:15 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him,
07:20 and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the
07:24 house of the Lord we have had enough to eat, and have left
07:28 plenty: for the Lord hath blessed his people:
07:31 and that which is left is this great store.
07:35 Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house
07:39 of the Lord; and they prepared them, and brought in the
07:41 offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully:
07:45 over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler and Shimei his brother
07:51 was the next. And Jehiel, and Azaziah, and Nahath, and Asahel,
07:57 and Jerimoth, and Jozabad, and Elial, and Ismachiah and Mahath,
08:02 and Benaiah, were overseers under the hand of Cononiah
08:06 and Shimei his brother, at the commandment of Hezekiah
08:10 the king, and Azariah the ruler of the house of God.
08:13 And Kore the son of Imnah the Levite, the porter toward the
08:18 east, was over the freewill offerings of God, to distribute
08:22 the oblations of the Lord, and the most holy things.
08:25 And next him were Eden, and Miniamin, and Jeshua,
08:31 and Shemaiah, and Amariah, and Shecaniah, in the cities of the
08:36 priests, in their set office, to give to their brethren by
08:40 courses, as well to the great as to the small: Beside their
08:45 genealogy of males, from 3 years old and upward, even unto every
08:49 one that entereth into the house the Lord, his daily portion
08:52 for their service in their charges according to their
08:55 courses; both to genealogy of the priests by the house of
08:59 their of their fathers, and the Levites from 20 years old
09:02 and upward, in their charges by their courses;
09:05 And to the genealogy of all their little ones, their wives,
09:08 and their sons, and their daughters, through all the
09:11 congregation: for in their set office they sanctified
09:15 themselves in holiness: also of the sons of Aaron the priests,
09:20 which were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities,
09:23 in every several city, the men that were expressed by
09:27 name, to give portions to all the males among the priests,
09:30 and to all that were reckoned by genealogies among the Levites
09:34 and thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that
09:40 which was good and right and truth before the Lord his God.
09:45 And in every work that he began in the service of the house
09:50 of God, and in the law, and in the commandments,
09:53 to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
09:59 Continuing to read in 2nd Chronicles, chapter 32,
10:03 This is the King James Version. After these things, and the
10:09 establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came
10:13 and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced
10:17 cities, and thought to win them for himself. And when Hezekiah
10:22 saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed
10:25 to fight against Jerusalem, he took counsel with his princes
10:30 and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which
10:34 were without the city: and they did help him.
10:37 So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all
10:41 the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst
10:44 of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come,
10:47 and find much water? Also he strengthened himself,
10:51 and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up
10:54 to the towers, and another wall without, and repaired Millo
10:58 in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance.
11:01 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them
11:06 together to him in the street of the gate of the city,
11:09 and spake comfortably to them, saying, Be strong and courageous
11:15 be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all
11:20 the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than
11:25 with him: with him is the arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord
11:32 our God to help us, and to fight our battles, And the people
11:36 rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
11:40 After this did Sennacherib king of Assyria send his servants
11:45 to Jerusalem, but he himself laid siege against Lachish,
11:49 and all his power with him, unto Hezekiah king of Judah, and
11:52 unto all Judah that were at Jerusalem, saying,
11:54 Thus saith Sennacherib king of Assyria, Whereon do ye trust,
12:00 that ye abide in the siege in Jerusalem? Doth not Hezekiah
12:04 persuade you to give over yourselves to die by famine
12:08 and by thirst, saying, The Lord our God shall deliver us out of
12:12 the hand of the king of Assyria? Hath not the same Hezekiah
12:15 taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah
12:20 and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar,
12:23 and burn incense upon it? Know ye not what I and my fathers
12:28 have done unto all the people of other lands? were the gods of
12:32 the nations of those lands any ways able to deliver their lands
12:36 out of mine hand? Who was there among all the gods of those
12:39 nations that my fathers utterly destroyed, that could deliver
12:42 his people out of mine hand, that your God should be able to
12:46 deliver you out of mine hand? Now therefore let not Hezekiah
12:51 deceive you, nor persuade you on this manner, neither yet believe
12:55 him: for no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver
12:59 his people out of mine hand, and out of the hand of my fathers:
13:03 how much less shall your God deliver you out of mine hand?
13:06 And his servants spake yet more against the Lord God,
13:12 and against his servant Hezekiah He wrote also letters to rail on
13:18 the Lord God of Israel, and to speak against him, saying,
13:21 As the gods of the nations of other lands have not delivered
13:25 their people out of mine hand, so shall not the God of Hezekiah
13:29 deliver his people out of mine hand. Then they cried with a
13:35 loud voice in the Jews' speech unto the people of Jerusalem
13:38 that were on the wall, to affright them, and to trouble
13:42 them; that they might take the city. And they spake against
13:46 the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the
13:50 earth, which were the work of hands of man.
13:53 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah
13:57 the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven.
14:00 And the Lord sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty
14:05 men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the
14:08 king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own
14:13 land. And when ye was come into the house of his god,
14:16 they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there
14:19 with the sword. Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah
14:23 and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib
14:26 the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all other,
14:29 and guided them on every side. Thank you for joining with me
14:33 to read today. Please join me again next time to read the
14:37 word of God. Goodbye.