2 Chronicles 31:3 He appointed also the king"s portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.
2 Chronicles 31:3 — Comments- These feasts are discussed in Numbers 28:1 to Numbers 29:40.
2 Chronicles 31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
2 Chronicles 31:21 — "he did it with all his heart, and prospered" - Comments- God does not reward those who seek Him with worldly sins in their hearts. We must come to God with genuine repentance in a pure heart. Note these words from Frances J. Roberts:
"O My people, I have called thee to repentance and confession and forgiveness and cleansing; but ye have listened to My words as though they were but slight rustlings in the tree-tops - as though they were of little consequence and could be brushed aside at will. Behold, I say unto thee: Ye cannot resist My Spirit without suffering pain; and ye cannot turn a deaf ear to My words without falling thereafter into the snare of the enemy. Ye have not cried unto Me with all your hearts, buy ye have complained that I have not heard your prayers. Lo, is it not written, ‘The Lord is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him?' And again, ‘Then shall ye find Me, when ye seek for Me with all thy heart.' Look no more to My hand to supply freely thy needs when ye have not humbled your hearts and cleansed your hands and come to Me with the sacrifice which I have required - even a broken and a contrite heart. Ye need not listen for Me to speak to thee when your ears are heavy from listening to evil reports." 46]
46] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 54.
Scripture References- Note similar verses in Scripture:
Deuteronomy 4:29, "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul."
2 Chronicles 15:12, "And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;"
Jeremiah 29:13, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he Isaiah, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
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