Bible Commentary: 2 Chronicles 31:2-21

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2 Chronicles 31:2-21

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Reorganization of the Levitical System

Hezekiah continues his religious reforms, restoring the priestly courses David had established and commanding the people to bring in their tithes and firstfruits for the priests as prescribed by God's law. One of the reasons God had designed this system was so that the Levites, who served as God's ministry in the Old Testament, could "devote themselves to the Law of the Lord" (verse 4). Rather than spending most of their time in other vocations or laboring in the field to provide for themselves and their families, God wanted the priests and Levites to be able to spend most of their time delving into His principles and instructions and teaching them to His people. God has similar desires for His ministry and people today (see Acts 6:1-7 Acts 6:1-7 [1] And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. [2] Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. [3] Why, brothers, look you out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. [4] But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. [5] And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: [6] Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. [7] And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
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; 1 Corinthians 9:11 1 Corinthians 9:11If we have sown to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
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; Galatians 6:6 Galatians 6:6Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches in all good things.
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). (To see what God's Word has to say on the subject of tithing and the financing of His ministry today, request or download our free booklet What Does the Bible Teach About Tithing?).

The Levites were greatly blessed through the people's response to Hezekiah's commands, being abundantly provided for. And the people of the nation responding were, in turn, greatly blessed themselves for enabling far more godly instruction to come their way.

Hezekiah was a living testimony to the well-known proverb, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice" (Proverbs 29:2 Proverbs 29:2When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.
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). Interestingly, this verse is one of the "proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied" (see Proverbs 25:1 Proverbs 25:1These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
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). The last verse of the current reading summarizes what a great king and great man of God Hezekiah was.