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COMMUNION MEDITATION: Hearts Set to Seek the Lord

Communion Meditation…

Is My Heart Set To Seek the Lord?

Most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them….” – 2 Chronicles 30:19 [Emphasis Added – JS]

What is my focus when I come to this Table? Is it on the details of the ritual being exactly “what was written” – or is it to set my heart to seek the LORD, even if some of the ritual detail is not quite right?

When Hezekiah restored the Passover in Judah, he invited the remaining remnants of the Kingdom of Israel to come as well. Some came (though others scorned and ridiculed the invitation), but did not have time to “purify” themselves as the Law had said.

Yet they ate the Passover anyway.

Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord who is good, pardon everyone who sets his heart on seeking God…even if he is not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.”

How do you think God responded to this prayer? Is it a prayer I would have offered? Or would I have rejected them because they had not come in time to purify themselves to join in the Festival of the Passover?

And the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people” (2 Chronicles 30:20).

Am I stricter than God when I come to the Table? Or do I set my heart on seeking Him?

Do I look for mistakes in the rite – or do I look to find God? Here are two distinctly different attitudes. Which has the mind of Christ?


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