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November 22, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 22 (ESV)

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.

In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the Lord, saying, “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money that has been brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people.....Continue Reading

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  1. 2 Kings 22:3-7 (ESV)
    3 In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the LORD, saying, 4 “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money that has been brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people. 5 And let it be given into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD, and let them give it to the workmen who are at the house of the LORD, repairing the house 6 (that is, to the carpenters, and to the builders, and to the masons), and let them use it for buying timber and quarried stone to repair the house. 7 But no accounting shall be asked from them for the money that is delivered into their hand, for they deal honestly.”

    I am thankful for those who operate skillfully and honestly. As Christians, we should never compromise our integrity and deal honestly with those around us. It is refreshing in God’s accounting through generations of wicked leaders that there are people who ‘deal honestly’.
    It is like finding an honest mechanic, over time you develop trust because they consistently deal honestly with you.
    How refreshing it should be for those who come in contact with us to interact with us because we ‘deal honestly’.

  2. 18But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, 19because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. 20Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring upon this place.'” And they brought back word to the king.

  3. What a sad condition in Israel that the book of the law got lost. I guess 57 years of evil kings can do that, the primary source of revelation set aside. You do wonder what things were kept around in those years? What was prioritized, passed on from one generation to the next? Well it certainly wasn’t the Bible. And then it was after 18 years of their being a righteous king that it was even found. What is the tenor and tone of our lives, what are the things we are passing on of greatest priority so one generation to the next regards God’s word as most important.

    And look at Josiah response! The most basic one is belief. I believe what is being read. The second most important response is conviction. The primary thing the Bible should illicit in us is how different our ways are than God’s way and what we need to do to live in God’s ways. Humility is at the heart of what should be bread in us through the word. And Josiah gets it. He sees the instruction of what the Israelites should be doing, he then sees what they are not doing, and then sees what God says is going to happen if they don’t do it and he is struck to the core. May our response to the word be as substantial and may it be a constant presence in our lives…

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