For a multitude of the people, even many from Ephraim and Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun, had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than prescribed. For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone who prepares his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though not according to the purification rules of the sanctuary.”
2 Chronicles 30:18-19 NASB
Today’s passage is profoundly in line with what we know about salvation, that is, it is a gift from God not because of our own doings. The passage tells us that many Israelites ate in the Passover but for whatever reason had not purified themselves which is not according to the purification law. King Hezekiah knew that he had to pray for the unpurified so he did.
With this, God really looks at the heart of those who come to Him. We learned in the succeeding verses that God did not condemn His people for violating the law, rather He let His people celebrate with worship and gladness.
God knows that no matter what we do, we will always fail purifying ourselves for Him if our heart is in not the right place. It is by His grace alone that we can only be reconciled to Him through our faith in Jesus Christ, He stirs our hearts to His direction – purifying us from our sins.
Finally, our Hezekiah is Jesus! He always prays for us not to stumble and for our worship be acceptable to God. Thanks be to Him!
Soli Deo Gloria!