Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Passover and True Value

So they decreed to make a proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, that the people should come and keep the Passover to the LORD, the God of Israel, at Jerusalem, for they had not kept it as often as prescribed. So couriers went throughout all Israel and Judah with letters from the king and his princes, as the king had commanded... So the couriers went from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulun, but they laughed them to scorn and mocked them. However, some men of Asher, of Manasseh, and of Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. The hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the LORD. -2 Chronicles 30:5-6;10-12

In 2 Chronicles 30, Hezekiah proclaims that the Passover must be upheld(even though a month late). He decided to share this Passover with all the people of God. This meant his nation of Judah and the nation of Israel, which had split with Judah. Hezekiah risks political turmoil, as the nations of Judah and Israel had had near constant turmoil since their split. He risks his own reputation on the success of an event not seen since the time of Solomon.

The people of Israel by and large mock this grand scheme of Hezekiah to celebrate the Lord's Passover. The people don't want to hear what the couriers have to say. The people are not very receptive to the news Hezekiah sends. However, some people of God did heed the word that Hezekiah sent through the messengers. They risk scorn from their neighbors. They risk a trip into hostile territory. They risk much.

But everyone who participates gains much. They participate in the worship of the one true God. They understand that the one God who is worthy of worship is the one God who can be worshiped through the temple in Jerusalem. They recognize that the Passover honors Him for His faithfulness to them in past generations and can show them that He will be faithful in future generations. They see that He is the One worth risking everything for.

Jesus is the One who is worth risking all for in our lives. His value far surpasses that of anything of which we could even think.

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