The Passover lamb (2 Chr 30:15-30:20)

“They slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed. They sanctified themselves. They brought burnt offerings into the house of Yahweh. They took their accustomed posts according to the Law of Moses, the man of God. The priests dashed the blood that they received from the hands of the Levites. For there were many in the assembly who had not sanctified themselves. Therefore the Levites had to slaughter the Passover lamb for everyone who was not clean, to make it holy to Yahweh. A multitude of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than as prescribed. But King Hezekiah prayed for them, saying.

‘The good Yahweh pardon all

Who set their hearts to seek God,

Yahweh the God of their ancestors,

Even though not in accordance

With the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.’

Yahweh heard King Hezekiah. He healed the people.”

They celebrated the Passover on the 14th day of the 2nd month instead of the 1st month. There were problems with such a large collection of people. There were not enough priests so that Levites had to help out. Some of the northern tribe people were not purified and therefore unclean. King Hezekiah prayed that God would forgive those who were unclean. He was asking for a dispensation for those who came to the Passover unclean. Yahweh heard his voice. He healed his people.