Hezekiah kept the Passover! This was an example to follow for the returnees, and is an example for us today! In Gospel terms, we should not absent ourselves from the Lord’s Table. This sacrament is most necessary for our spiritual refreshment, growth and well-being.
“However, some men of Asher, of Manasseh, and of Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem.”
The Passover (the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a reminder of what God did in rescuing His people out of Egypt) was being celebrated again!
There is great importance for God’s people to remember what God has done for us. As Israel was to remember God’s rescue of them out of Egypt, so we today are to remember God’s rescue of us out of our sin – In the person of God the Son, Jesus Christ – His death and resurrection.
That’s what we are doing when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. It is not a tradition of man, it is not a nice homily – Instead in the doing, in the practice, we grow closer to our God! Remembering what God has done protects us from the evil one, it draws us closer to one another, it allows us to see the world for what it is.
When we remember what Jesus did for us, we are shown the character of God. His steadfast love and faithfulness without end. His mercy to sinners, those deserving of His justice, the right punishment for our rejection of Him.
And when we remember what Jesus did for us, we are shown the truth of who we are!
Just like the people from Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves – So we should too!
Are we letting our own pride inhibit us from the true worship of our God?
This was a question for the returning exiles. And it is a question for us today.
* Father God in Heaven,
Thank You for rescuing us from our sin.
Thank You for Your grace and Your mercy to us. Thank You that You keep Your promises.
Please help us to come before You with humility in our hearts, today and onwards.
Please show us Jesus today!