22/5/2016 LESSON 12
JOSIAH: A CATALYST OF REVIVAL
Quarter’s Theme: PORTRAITS OF JEWISH KINGS
Unit 3 – Portraits Of The Kings Of Divided Kingdom (Lessons 5-12)
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 212, 362
Devotional Reading: JER. 1:1-10
Topic For Adults
TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN
Topic For Youths
NOW THAT YOU ARE YOUNG
Topic For Intermediates
NOT A QUESTION OF AGE
2 KGS. 22:1-10, 13-20; PS. 85:4-7
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Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter, fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man (Eccl. 12:13) KJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Does Age Really Count?
Eccl. 12:1-7; 2 Kgs. 22:1
Ecclesiastes 12King James Version (KJV)
1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,
4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
2 Kings 22:1King James Version (KJV)
1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
When President Mohammadu Buhari, the current Nigerian President, addressed the Nigerian community in South Africa during his first visit to that country after his election, he lamented, though on a very light mood, that he wished he became President when he was about 40 years old. That underscores the vital factor of age. The young have more energy, zeal, passion, drive and speed than the aged. There may be exceptions though with God, age does not really count for He uses both the young and the old. They both have their places in the scheme of things. Josiah was only eight when he started to reign in Judah and he grew up to rule well. Moses was eighty years old when God commissioned him to lead the Israelites from servitude in Egypt. He succeeded. God can use you, too, regardless of your age. However, the Preacher admonishes us to remember our creator in the days of our youth. To know God and start serving Him early is highly profitable both for now and for eternity. This will protect you from being a victim of the thief, killer and destroyer called Satan (Jn. 10:10). You will not look back and lament ‘Oh no, had I given my life to Jesus Christ early’. Seek God now that you are young.
Point of Emphasis: Both the young and the old can succeed, but it is better if you start early.
Prayer Point: Lord, release the grace to serve You from now upon my life.