2 Chronicles 35:1, 2, 7, 8, 10-18
2 Chronicles 35:1
This was the day appointed in the law, and Josiah determined to be exact to the letter.
2 Chronicles 35:2
Arranging them in proper order with the Levites, so that all things might be performed without disorder. The Lord’s service should be rendered to him with all care and reverence; his work ought never to be performed in a slovenly manner. “Let all things be done decently and in order,” is a precept not to be forgotten.
2 Chronicles 35:7-8
Many of the people were too poor to bring their own sacrifices, and therefore the generous king provided them; he thought no expense too great in honour of his God. Liberality towards the good cause is a noble fruit of grace in the heart.
2 Chronicles 35:10, 11
Thus Judah renewed its covenant, and rejoiced in the grand type of the promised Saviour. No feast is so precious to believers as feeding upon the Lamb of God’s passover.
2 Chronicles 35:13
There were so many to be served, and so few of the priests and Levites, that they used all expedition. When the kings business requireth haste, we must not be tardy.
2 Chronicles 35:15
Singing was not forgotten, nor any other part of the holy office, even the doors were kept. One duly did not jostle another. It is always bad when, while serving God in one way, we become negligent of other duties. Doors must be kept as well as psalms sung.
2 Chronicles 35:16-18
There may have been greater numbers present on former occasions, but at no other time were the rules laid down in the word of God so exactly observed, and this is a point in the Lord’s eyes of far greater importance than numbers or pomp. It is our duty to worship the Lord in his own way. The closer we keep to Scripture the better; any departure therefrom mars our worship. Carefully let us remember this, and zealously put away all will-worship, and adore the Lord in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Let others do as they will, but as for this household, let us serve the Lord with our whole hearts.