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Week 22 Day 7
One of the rewards
of returning to God
and worship becomes
burnt offerings were for
the atonement of their sins
the additional offerings
out of pure joy
One of the things about joy
is that it has to be shared
we cannot keep it
So Hezekiah invited everyone
to come and experience
the joy and excitement
in the temple of the Lord God of Israel
Don't be stiff-necked
Return to the Lord
to the temple
God is gracious and merciful
God will return to you.
MUSIC AND WORSHIP It was so good, they decided to invite all Israel. II Chronicles 29 & 30
20Hezekiah rose early and went to the house of the Lord.
24To make an atonement for all Israel, the king commanded
that the burnt offering and sin offering be made for all Israel.
25He stationed the Levites with cymbals, with stringed
instruments, and with harps. 26The Levites stood with the
instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
27Then Hezekiah commanded them to offer the burnt
offering on the altar. When the burnt offering began, the song
of the Lord also began, with the trumpets and the instruments.
28So all the assembly worshiped, the singers sang, and the
trumpeters sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering
was finished. 29The king and all who were present bowed and
worshiped. 30King Hezekiah and the leaders commanded the
Levites to sing praise to the Lord with the words of David and
of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness, and
they bowed their heads and worshiped.
1Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote
letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the
house of the Lord in Jerusalem, to keep the Passover. 2For
the king and his leaders and all the assembly had agreed to
keep the Passover in the second month. 3They could not
keep it at the regular time, because a sufficient number of
priests had not consecrated themselves, nor had the people
gathered together at Jerusalem. 45They resolved to make a
proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan,
that they should come to keep the Passover to the Lord at
Jerusalem, since they had not done so for a long time.
6Runners went throughout all Israel and Judah with the
letters from the king and his leaders, and spoke according to
the command of the king: "Children of Israel, return to the
Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return
to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of
the kings of Assyria. 7Do not be like your fathers. 8Do not
be stiff-necked, but yield yourselves to the Lord; and enter
His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve
your God. 9For if you return to the Lord, your children will
be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive,
so that they may come back to this land; the Lord is
gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you
if you return to Him." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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