The people had not kept the Passover for many years so Hezekiah had the people of Judah prepare themselves to commemorate this event. He also invited the remnant from the northern kingdom of Israel, too. Many people came.The celebration turned the hearts of the people to their God and they tore down all idols and groves that they encountered.
Does God issue any commands?
Does God make any promises?
- Although the people had not properly consecrated themselves to celebrate the Passover (probably because they were so unfamiliar with it after not having it for so many generations) that Hezekiah prayed for them to be healed. The LORD hearkened to his prayer.
Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
- The Passover represents the atonement made by Jesus.
- The feast of unleavened bread symbolized the sinlessness of Jesus.
- The burnt offerings symbolized the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins.
- The firstfruits symbolized that Jesus is the firstfruits of all who are resurrected.
Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?
- The people gave so much to the priests to eat as a tithe of the bounty they had received from God that there was more than enough. We are told by Jesus that He has provisions set aside for us and that one day we will sit around His table and eat because we are his friends. There will be more than enough for all who hunger and thirst.