Heaps and Plenty – 2 Chronicles 31
By Kendra Roberts
Since Christmas was yesterday I thought everybody might want a break from excess… That’s why I decided to focus on giving abundantly. In this passage of Chronicles, the command went out to, “give the portion to the priests and the Levites that they might give themselves to the Law of The Lord…” The people in Jerusalem responded immediately—with the best goods and in ABUNDANCE. After months of this type of faithful, abundant giving, the priests and people were blessed. The goods were piled up in heaps! What strikes me is not the material aspect of abundance, but the response of the people to the call to give their portion. They seemed to give nothing except the best in great amounts, and God blessed them.
And Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and of the Levites, division by division, each according to his service, the priests and the Levites, for burnt offerings and peace offerings, to minister in the gates of the camp of the Lord and to give thanks and praise. The contribution of the king from his own possessions was for the burnt offerings: the burnt offerings of morning and evening, and the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths, the new moons, and the appointed feasts, as it is written in the Law of the Lord. And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything. And the people of Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought in the tithe of cattle and sheep, and the tithe of the dedicated things that had been dedicated to the Lord their God, and laid them in heaps. In the third month they began to pile up the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month. When Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the Lord and his people Israel. And Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites about the heaps. Azariah the chief priest, who was of the house of Zadok, answered him, “Since they began to bring the contributions into the house of the Lord, we have eaten and had enough and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed his people, so that we have this large amount left.” (2 Chronicles 31:2-10, ESV)
Kendra Roberts is a creative type—whether pursuing the arts or simply trying to convince her three-year-old daughter to eat more veggies. Born in Indiana, raised in Ohio, she now resides in the (dry) heat of the Arizona desert. When she and her husband moved to Arizona from Ohio in 2008, they packed only what would fit into their small sedan, making sure to save space for a nifty 1960’s green plastic elephant planter. Kendra holds a B.A. in History from Miami University. Recently she became an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) through Yahweh Yoga, a Christian yoga studio in Chandler, Arizona. It is her wholehearted desire to follow Christ wherever he leads—she stopped believing in coincidence a long time ago. Kendra’s blog: BittyBlueberry.blogspot.com Kendra’s art: EpistemologyOfLove.com.