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From unclean to clean

Hello, God has given me something in 2 Chronicles 20:18-19 which says,

“Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the LORD, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God—the LORD, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.”

Hezekiah: King Hezekiah was having a celebration called the Passover. People from different countries came. Even people who had not consecrated themselves and were unclean ate the Passover. But Hezekiah prayed for them, and God heard, and healed the people. God let the unclean eat at His table.

Us: We are unclean sinners. We are like a snake on the side of the road. No one sees an ugly snake, like us, on the side of the road and says, “Oh, that’s so cute, can we keep it?” We are lost, not knowing what to do.

Jesus: Why haven’t we died? Jesus! Jesus gave His own life for us. He saved us from our sin, and He continues to saved us (Psalm 34:6). He loves us so much, that He gave His own life for us (1 John 3:16, John 3:16).

Application: How does 2 Chronicles 30:18-19 apply to our lives? We were like the unclean people. We didn’t deserve to eat of Jesus. But, Jesus gave His life for us on a cross, and He prayed on our behalf asking God to forgive those who crucified Him. He was our sacrifice, and He made us clean.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your son for me. Thank You for making me clean. I pray that I would draw close to You, and love You more. I pray that You would strengthen me, and make me a better christian. Help me to have a longing for Your Word. Thank You for making me Your daughter, and for loving me so much. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Verse(s):

Poor man cried, Psalm 34:6,

“This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; 
   he saved him out of all his troubles.” 

Love, 1 John 3:16, and John 3:16,

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” (1 John 3:16)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Beginning verses, 2 Chronicles 30:18-19,

“Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the LORD, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God—the LORD, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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