Purge out the old leaven

2 Chronicles 30:13-15, 17-23, 26, 27

2 Chronicles 30:14

It was meet to cast out the old leaven before they kept the feast. A purified temple led to a purified city; good things grow. Here is mention of the Kidron again, and so we are once more reminded of the atonement of our Lord Jesus, which removes all impurities.

2 Chronicles 30:17

The irregularities were unavoidable and not wilful, and therefore the Lord looked at the heart and forgave them. It would be a sad wrong done to the divine mercy if we were to argue from this that we may alter the ordinances of God at our pleasure. If we do so without the reasons which were present in this case, we shall meet with rebuke, and not remission.

2 Chronicles 30:18, 19

A short but sweet prayer: sin is confessed, mercy sought, and the goodness of the Lord pleaded.

2 Chronicles 30:20-22

So there was much singing: the more praise the better.

2 Chronicles 30:20-22

There was much preaching; the people needed it, and were right glad to attend upon it.

2 Chronicles 30:20-22

Best of all, there was much praying and confessing of sin, and so we may be sure there was plenteous forgiveness, and this led the people to desire yet more fellowship with their God.

2 Chronicles 30:23, 26

Holy duties should be sweetened with holy gladness.

2 Chronicles 30:27

They ended well; every man went home with a blessing in his ears, and prayer also reached the ear of the God of heaven, which was the greatest mercy of all.

2 Chronicles 31:1, 2

2 Chronicles 31:1

Those have profited indeed who go home to break their idols. Is this the result of our hearing? Do we make an end of our sins?

2 Chronicles 31:2

The best way to keep out error and sin is to promote truth and holiness by gospel ordinances and earnest ministers. Sound gospel preaching alone can defeat the inroads of Popery. The Lord send it in our day.

 

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