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
2 Kgs. 23:16-20
2 Kings 23:16-20King James Version (KJV)
16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.
17 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel.
18 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria.
19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the Lord to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.
20 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men’s bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.
The word of God cannot fail. When God says anything, it is sure to come to pass! All prophecies in the scriptures will unfailingly come to pass. God says in Isaiah 55:11 that His word will not return to Him void; it must accomplish its assigned purpose. When the God-fearing King Josiah was carrying out his reform campaign, he least realised that what he was doing had been foretold by a prophet. The prophet had apparently died before the reign of Josiah. The prophet could not know whether what he prophesied actually happened or not. But there were those who heard the prophecy and knew the prophet. Josiah, too, did not know the prophet nor was he aware of the prophecy. Upon Josiah’s enquiry about a particular monumental tomb, the men of the city told him, “it is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things that you have done against the altar of Bethel” (2 Kgs. 23:17). When God makes a promise to you, He will fulfil it. The performance of His words and prophecies are guaranteed. Trust God and hope in Him. He will never fail you.
Point Emphasis: When God says it, He will perform it.
Prayer Point: Lord, I ask for the grace never to doubt You or Your word.