2 Chronicles 35 is an incredible passage due to three primary themes, and actions. One, the opportunity. King Josiah exercised an opportunity to observe the Passover meal. This cherished tradition had long been neglected at the corporate level in Judah. In fact, only four kings of Israel/Judah were listed as having publicly celebrated it (David, Solomon, Hezekiah, and Josiah). In Josiah’s case, when he was made aware of the Mosaic canon (in 2 Chronicles 34) he quickly set out to enact the requirements God had set forth in His Word.
Two, the offering. Worship has always has a cost, and not necessarily a monetary one. In other words, worship demands something of us that we must be willing to part with in order to recognize something greater than ourselves. The offering Josiah provided in 2 Chronicles 35 was substantial. This is critical because service to the Lord requires sacrifice at a personal level, which then longs to be poured out into society-at-large. Josiah led by example with the sizeable offering he yielded to God in 2 Chronicles 35. Three, the outcome. In short, the people of Judah responded in tremendous fashion. To that end, the writer of Chronicles noted that this particular Passover observance was bigger, and more celebrated, than any one before it. And how did it begin? With a leader who saw an opportunity, and realized it. King Josiah chose to offer up something considerable from his life so that God could be magnified, and glorified. What an account, and legacy, of worship.
2 Chronicles 35:7 “Josiah provided for all the lay people who were there a total of thirty thousand lambs and goats for the Passover offerings, and also three thousand cattle – all from the king’s own possessions.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/15/2019)