Sunday, August 5, 2012
Welcome to Day 217 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
2 Kings 23:3, “The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, regulations and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.”
Then his son Jehoahaz ruled after he died… and things went right back as they were. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. (31-32) Even though he ruled only three months…
Jehoiakim succeeded Jehoahaz, ruled for 11 years… and HE did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
No guarantees that our kids will follow the ways of the Lord…
2 Chronicles 35:16, “So at that time the entire service of the Lord was carried out for the celebration of the Passover and the offering of burnt offerings on the altar of the Lord, as King Josiah had ordered. 17 The Israelites who were present celebrated the Passover at that time and observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18 The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem. 19 This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign.”
(Makes me want to stand up and cheer for Josiah!)
John 7:46, ““No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards declared. 47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49 No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law—there is a curse on them.”
I still can’t get past the sweeping changes Josiah made at such a young age!
The Passover hadn’t been celebrated “in this way” in 4oo years! (Samuel was circa 1069 b.c., Josiah began his rule circa 640 b.c.)
This is amazing stuff! I’m sure Josiah had great opposition, although none is really recorded… He had to have his critics who were upset that he was imposing worship of the God of their forefathers.
2 Chronicles 35:10, “He desecrated Topheth, which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, so no one could use it to sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire to Molech. 11 He removed from the entrance to the temple of the Lord the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. They were in the court near the room of an official named Nathan-Melech. Josiah then burned the chariots dedicated to the sun.
12 He pulled down the altars the kings of Judah had erected on the roof near the upper room of Ahaz, and the altars Manasseh had built in the two courts of the temple of the Lord. He removed them from there, smashed them to pieces and threw the rubble into the Kidron Valley. 13 The king also desecrated the high places that were east of Jerusalem on the south of the Hill of Corruption—the ones Solomon king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the vile goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable god of the people of Ammon. 14 Josiah smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles…”
Again, this is amazing stuff! He is on a cleansing rampage!
How cool is it that they were now celebrating the Passover, commemorating their freedom from slavery, for the first time in FOUR HUNDRED years? I know it’s hard while sitting in our living rooms to completely get our heads around this timeline… It takes a lot of effort on my part (and a lot of digging) to keep it straight in my own head. Our country was only discovered in 1492 by Columbus, a mere 600 years ago. Our independence wasn’t until 1776… only 236 years ago! We have been reading about 4,000 years of history b.c., with Moses being around 1400 b.c., just to give some sense of perspective to this timeline. (Moses to Josiah was about 750 years, if my math is correct…)
I still can’t get my head around how the Book of the Law (the Law of Moses) was in the temple, hidden in some back room, unutilized, collecting dust for decades until the time of Josiah, when he instructed the priests to clean up the temple. Then, it was like, “Hey! Look what we found! The Book of the Law!”
But what was amazing was that they read it… and they did what it said!
Lord, I want to live according to Your Word!