The refusal of some of the northern tribes (2 Chr 30:10-30:14)

“So the couriers went from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulun. However, they laughed at them. They scorned them. They mocked them. Only a few men from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. The hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the officials commanded by the word of Yahweh. Many people came together in Jerusalem to keep the festival of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great assembly. They set to work. They removed the altars that were in Jerusalem. All the altars for offering incense they took away and threw them into the Kidron valley.”

King Hezekiah had hoped that the fall of Samaria might contribute to the unification of Yahweh worship. However, most of the northern tribes scorned the messengers. Only a few from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun came to Jerusalem. However, the land of Judah responded more favorably. There was a great assembly in Jerusalem for the feast of the unleavened bread. They tore down all the altars of the high places of worship that were not to Yahweh. Once again, they brought them to the junk heap that was in the Kidron valley.

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