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

            and sin

            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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