The reform of worship (2 Chr 31:1-31:1)

“Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah. They broke down the pillars and hewed down the sacred poles. They pulled down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all. Then all the people of Israel returned to their cities. All returned to their individual properties.”

After the big celebration, they were all riled up. They went to the cities of Judah and tore down the sacred pillars and totem poles. They pulled down the altars at all the high places not only in Judah, but also in Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh. It is possible that they went north since the Assyrians had a loose control of the north as they had taken away all the northern Israelite leaders. Finally, everyone returned home to their cities. However, there was no mention here of Nehushtan, the bronze serpent of Moses that was in 2 Kings, chapter 18.

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