I have been writing and encouraging folks to keep the Father’s Passover this year because the Father has placed an urgent call to do this on my heart. No surprise, it turns out He has placed the same on our brother Miguel’s heart as well. With his generous permission, I’m sharing this article written by him with you today.
Hezekiah “and his leaders” applied this rule to the priests, since they were not yet all consecrated—and by extension to the people, since they needed the priesthood (2 Chronicles 29:2-3). Thus, the festival would be observed in this particular year in the second month. It should be noted that among Hezekiah’s leaders was probably Isaiah the prophet, who was no doubt also receiving instructions from God during this time.
So, as the Passover “Do-Over” drew near, Hezekiah took advantage of the additional time and sent runners to the farthest regions possible to get as many of God’s people as possible to participate in the Passover and Unleavened Bread feasts. Some of the runners were mocked and rejected because the ‘far away’ regions had already given themselves over to paganism and idolatry. But still, many people listened to and obeyed God’s call.
Are you a runner?
Then came the actual observance of the Passover. While Hezekiah and the priests were very careful to do all that was required in the Torah of God (2 Chronicles 30:16), some in the assembly, particularly those who did come down from the northern tribes, were not appropriately prepared for it. While the Passover was normally slain by the heads of households, and the priests only sprinkled the blood on the altar, in this case the Levites killed the Passover for those who were not clean (verse 17).
Even then, eating the Passover was technically not permitted (compare Numbers 9:6-7), but because of the special circumstances, and the fact that this was already the second Passover, Hezekiah prayed that God would look on the hearts of the people and forgive this transgression. And God did, “healing” the people—that is, their relationship with Him (2 Chronicles 30:18-20).
This is my favorite part of the story, and also the part most applicable to me in this time. Tried as they did to get things right, right time, right date, correct procedure, etc., they didn’t. But God did not hold it against them because Hezekiah the obedient, prayed for them. He stood in the gap because the people’s heart was in the right place. The combination of a righteous King, a righteous prayer, and a desirously righteous people brought HEALING to the broken relationship between God and His people and between the people themselves. Being off on the calendar, the details, and the procedure were not as important as the condition of their hearts and their genuine repentance. A true revival was wrought via God’s Day — Passover.
Here’s the really fun part… The people were so caught up in the pleasure of obedience that they went on to keep the entire Feast of Unleavened Bread in the second month—AND, moved by the Holy fervor, went on to keep yet another seven days of feasting and rejoicing. THAT is incredible! It gives me the chills every time I think about it.
I so very much desire that THIS PASSOVER would have the same effect for all those who would observe it as it did for Hezekiah and God’s people back then.
Final note – The genuineness of the people’s repentance did not end when ‘the event’ ended. After 2 weeks of dedication, worship, and mutually beneficial and uplifting camaraderie, they proceeded to destroy pagan shrines and images “until they had utterly destroyed them all”—even throughout the territories of Ephraim and Manasseh in the farthest regions of the northern kingdom (2 Chronicles 31:1).
P.S. I pray that all of you reading this would experience the healing of your relationships with our Great God by, through, and with King Jesus and The Ruach HaKo’desh (Holy Spirit). I pray that you all would be protected from anything that will ‘come at you’ to destroy or rob or harm you. I pray that your homes and hearts would be filled—FILLED with peace. I pray that God provides for all of your needs both now in crisis and afterwards.