2 Chronicles 30* Hezekiah's passover. (1-12) The passover celebrated. (13-20)The feast of unleavened bread. (21-27)1-12 Hezekiah made Israel as welcome to the passover, as any ofhis own subjects. Let us yield ourselves unto the Lord. Say not,you will do what you please, but resolve to do what he pleases.We perceive in the carnal mind a stiffness, an obstinacy, anunaptness to compel with God; we have it from our fathers: thismust be overcome. Those who, through grace, have turned to Godthemselves, should do all they can to bring others to him.Numbers will be scorners, but some will be humbled andbenefited; perhaps where least expected. The rich mercy of Godis the great argument by which to enforce repentance; the vilestwho submit and yield themselves to the Lord, seek his grace, andgive themselves to his service, shall certainly be saved. Ohthat messengers were sent forth to carry these glad tidings toevery city and every village, through every land! 13-20 The great thing needful in attendance upon God in solemnordinances, is, that we make heart-work of it; all is nothingwithout this. Where this sincerity and fixedness of heart are,there may yet be many things short of the purification of thesanctuary. These defects need pardoning, healing grace; foromissions in duty are sins, as well as omissions of duty. If Godshould deal with us in strict justice, even as to the very bestof our doings, we should be undone. The way to obtain pardon, isto seek it of God by prayer; it must be gotten by petitionthrough the blood of Christ. Yet every defect is sin, and needsforgiveness; and should be matter to humble, but not todiscourage us, though nothing can make up for the want of aheart prepared to seek the Lord. 21-27 Many prayers were put up to God with the peace-offerings.In these Israel looked to God as the God of their fathers, a Godin covenant with them. There was also abundance of goodpreaching. The Levites read and explained the Scriptures. Faithcometh by hearing, and true religion preaching has abounded.They sang psalms every day: praising God should be much of ourwork in religious assemblies. Having kept the seven days of thefeast in this religious manner, they had so much comfort in it,that they kept other seven days also. This they did withgladness. Holy duties should be done with holy gladness. Andwhen sinners humble themselves before the Lord, they may expectgladness in his ordinances. Those who taste this happiness willnot soon grow weary of it, but will be glad to prolong theirenjoyment.
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