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November 24, 2018

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

2 Kings 23 (ESV)

Then the king sent, and all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem were gathered to him. And the king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the priests and the prophets, all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. And the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lordand to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people joined in the covenant......Continue Reading

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  1. 2 Kings 23:26-27 (ESV)
    26  Still the LORD did not turn from the burning of his great wrath, by which his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked him. 27  And the LORD said, “I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and I will cast off this city that I have chosen, Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.”

    Even though Manasseh had repented, even though it is clear in 2 Chronicles 33:9-13 that God forgives him and grants him mercy, there are still consequences of sin. It is important to recognize God’s perfect righteousness in extending mercy to Manasseh but still being angry at the sin of his people. God is always faithful and just to forgive us our sins (1 John 1:9). Sometimes God will spare us the consequences of our sins, but not always. Even with all the reforms brought about by Josiah, God’s anger does not abate.

  2. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. 3And the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people joined in the covenant.

    And then he took action!

  3. It was because of 2 Kings 23:25 that Karen and I decided to name our son Josiah. It is also why I am defensive of his name being shortened or mutilated….:). What a great king Josiah was! If only other kings of Israel and Judah shared his level of conviction and commitment. He eradicated evil from Judah on every level. Even some of the good kings of Judah allowed the high places dedicated to false god’s to continue to operate. But not Josiah. I really appreciate the detail given in this chapter of how completely he turned things around. And what was neat about Josiah is he not only dedicated himself to the things of God, but lead others to do so as well. May we all have that level of dedication of purging things in our lives that are displeasing to God.

    It is sad how the chapter closes. His sons don’t follow in his footsteps. It just go to show you that bad apples can fall from good trees, and even the best of examples can be set aside by the next generation.

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