2 Chronicles 31: Hezekiah cleans up and
provides for the Levites and Priests
the great celebration, clearly a spirit of revival swept across
the Land and they cleared away all remnants of idol worship still
there. Following this, Hezekiah re-establishes ongoing worship
and sacrifices and realises they need to reinstate the practice
of giving tithes to support the Levites and priests. This he commands
to happen and when the people give in abundance, Hezekiah sees
they need to re-establish storehouses for their food and the Levites
and priests are again provided for according to the Law.]
The Passover is followed by a major cleanup of the Land
all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to
the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the
Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout
Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh. After they had
destroyed all of them, the Israelites returned to their own towns
and to their own property.
Offerings are reinstated
assigned the priests and Levites to divisions – each of them
according to their duties as priests or Levites – to offer
burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, to minister, to give
thanks and to sing praises at the gates of the Lord
king contributed from his own possessions for the morning and
evening burnt offerings and for the burnt offerings on the Sabbaths,
at the New Moons and at the appointed festivals as written in
the Law of the Lord.
ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion due
to the priests and Levites so that they could devote themselves
to the Law of the Lord.
soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the
firstfruits of their grain, new wine, olive oil and honey and
all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe
people of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah also
brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy
things dedicated to the Lord
and they piled them in heaps.
began doing this in the third month and finished in the seventh
Hezekiah asks about the surplus
Hezekiah and his officials came and saw the heaps, they praised
and blessed his people Israel.
asked the priests and Levites about the heaps;
Azariah the chief priest, from the family of Zadok, answered,
‘Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple
of the Lord
, we have had
enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the Lord
his people, and this great amount is left over.'
Levites were appointed to establish storerooms
gave orders to prepare storerooms in the temple of the Lord
, and this
they faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated
gifts. Konaniah, a Levite, was the overseer in charge of these
things, and his brother Shimei was next in rank.
Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad, Eliel, Ismakiah, Mahath
and Benaiah were assistants of Konaniah and Shimei his brother.
All these served by appointment of King Hezekiah and Azariah the
official in charge of the temple of God.
son of Imnah the Levite, keeper of the East Gate, was in charge
of the freewill offerings given to God, distributing the contributions
made to the Lord
and also the
Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah and Shekaniah assisted him
faithfully in the towns of the priests, distributing to their
fellow priests according to their divisions, old and young alike.
Produce is allocated to the Levites and the Priests and their
addition, they distributed to the males [implied
– Levites] three years old or
more whose names were in the genealogical records – all who
would enter the temple of the Lord
the daily duties of their various tasks, according to their responsibilities
and their divisions.
they distributed to the priests enrolled by their families in
the genealogical records and likewise to the Levites twenty years
old or more, according to their responsibilities and their divisions.
included all the little ones, the wives, and the sons and daughters
of the whole community listed in these genealogical records. For
they were faithful in consecrating themselves.
for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who lived on the farmlands
around their towns or in any other towns, men were designated
by name to distribute portions to every male among them and to
all who were recorded in the genealogies of the Levites.
is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and
right and faithful before the Lord
everything that he undertook in the service of God's temple and
in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and
worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.