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Week 20 Day 5
The author of the book of Kings
is a historian
And in his reading of history,
he observed that
righteousness = peace
sin = destruction
He has seen that pattern repeat itself
over and over again
Exceptions are acknowledged
wherein obedience to God
was not rewarded
was not punished
But on the whole
his observation held true
too many times
to be coincidental.
The story of king Josiah
sounds like God giving his beloved people
one last chance
to get it right and
keep it right
Josiah is another shining star
ready to receive God's instruction
ready to obey
ready to lead his people into righteousness
ready to love and serve God.
LOST AND FOUND While repairing the Temple, they discovered a Book. II Kings 22
1Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he
reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was
Jedidah. He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and
walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside
to the right hand or to the left.
3 In the eighteenth year of Josiah, the king sent Shaphan the
scribe, to the house of the Lord, saying: 4"Go up to Hilkiah
the high priest, that he may count the money which has been
brought into the house of the Lord, which the doorkeepers
have gathered from the people. 5Deliver it into the hand of
the overseers to give to those who are in the house of the
Lord doing the work, to repair the damages of the house--6to
carpenters and builders and masons--and to buy timber and
hewn stone to repair the house."
8Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe,
"I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord."
Hilkiah gave the book to Staphan, and he read it. 9So Shaphan
went to the king, saying, "Your servants have gathered the
money that was found in the house, and have delivered it to
those who do the work, who oversee the house of the Lord.
10Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan
read it before the king.
11When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law,
he tore his clothes. 12Then the king commanded Hilkiah the
priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Shaphan the scribe,
and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying, 13"Go, inquire of
the Lord for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning
the words of this book that has been found; for great is the
wrath of the Lord that is aroused against us, because our
fathers have not obeyed the words of this book."
14They went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum,
keeper of the wardrobe. She dwelt in Jerusalem; and they
spoke with her. 15She said to them, "Thus says the Lord
God of Israel, 'Tell the man who sent you to Me, 19because
your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the
Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place, and
you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard
you. Surely you shall be gathered to your grave in peace;
and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will
bring on this place.'" So they brought back word to the king. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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