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
(SOUL WINNERS CROWN COMPETITION MONTHS)
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
God’s Standards For Reforms
2 Kgs. 22:8-17
2 Kings 22:8-17King James Version (KJV)
8 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord.
10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king’s, saying,
13 Go ye, enquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.
14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.
15 And she said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,
16 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read:
17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.
It is fashionable these days to talk about international standards and best practices. These are approved universal patterns of conduct in business, industrial environment, politics and the like. It is essentially so because the world has become a global village. God has prescribed for the human race His immutable standards. Ancient as they appear to be, they remain relevant and applicable for all generations. The Bible is the book containing God’s approved standards of behaviour. Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law in the temple when repair work was on-going. He sent the book to King Josiah through Shaphan the Secretary. The King listened to the word and discovered how far Judah had drifted away from God’s word and standards. He noticed the gravity of the sanctions against their apostasy and rebellion against God. The King tore his clothes in guilt and remorse. He sought for what could be done to avert further wrath of God. The only way out was reform. Reforms that could bring the people in harmony with God’s expressed standards as contained in the Book of the Law. You, too, need to repent and make the Bible your compass – God’s standard book for acceptable reforms and approved conduct and behaviour. Find out the standards yourself; don’t wait for someone else to show you; read the Bible.
Point of Emphasis: Bring your life’s conduct and character in line with God’s standards.
Prayer Point: Lord, give me the grace to desire, cherish, embrace and obey Your word.