“Then Hilkiah the high priest said to 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.
Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes.”
II Kings 22:8, 11 NKJV
“The king went up to the house of the Lord with all the men of Judah, and with him all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the Lord. Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow 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 took a stand for the covenant.”
II Kings 23:2-3 NKJV
When I survey the world we live in, it almost seems as if we are playing fast and loose with reality. There seems to be no regard for any kind of order. Anything goes, and what dominates is dependent on what the loudest and most vocal among us wants.
Because there is no guide, we are going forward and making decisions with no sense of the long term implications. We are as blind people, stumbling about, making mistakes that will loom large in the future.
The church in America is in a difficult state as few use the bible as a guide. There are some who disregard it completely, others willfully misinterpret it to suit their own agendas, and some go so far as to attempt to create their own translations that depart from the mind of God or His will.
This morning I read about a revival, an eleventh hour rediscovery of the word of God. In II Kings chapter 22, workers rehabilitating the house of the Lord found a copy of the Law concealed in a wall. When they found it, they were not sure as to what it was.
When Josiah received it, he read and was immediately convicted. The word of God, no matter how ignored has power when one finally opens it and reads.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV
Israel and Judah had long before begun to ignore the Law, ignore the Lord, and had gone after other gods. Over time that has meandered from the holiness of God, from the worship modeled by David, and had become like all the other nations, practicing idolatry. Israel had fallen to the Assyrians and Judah was taken by Babylon into captivity.
These accounts in the Old Testament are a type and shadow for those of us in the New Testament church. While we will not be physically captive, we can be enslaved by sin, as we go the way of Israel and Judah, having ignored the teachings of Word.
With the absence of wisdom in the Scriptures, we rely on that of men, wisdom driven by the urge to satisfy fleshly appetites, regardless of the long term cost, or who may be affected. It results in sin and often, leads to death, spiritual and often physical.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
James 3:13-18 NKJV
In reading through II Kings, one can see the strife between kingdoms and people, as many do what is right in their own eyes and not what is the will of God.
When the will of God is followed, there is peace with all people. As we enter the times to come, we have a mission to go and tell of the goodness of God. Because we come bringing a timeless and timely message from an unchanging God, we will face opposition from a lost world, that refuses to believe that His truth is
Years of life without hearing the true meaning of Scripture, or any at all, has left many who will not see, with great confidence in lies that will ultimately lead them to damnation. The moral dissonance will create much tension and pain, and they will do whatever the can to silence it, to silence us.
“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:17-21 NKJV
In these times, we will rely on the truth, the anchor found only in the unchanging word of God. Let us be faithful to show the love of Jesus, even when all we receive is hate.
If you are one who has not read your bible in a long time, today is the day to begin again, to experience that personal revival. One thing that I consistently pray, for those on my list, is that they have a quickening, a liveliness, a revival where they seek after the Lord Jesus and go and tell.
Time is short my people. Sundown is coming.
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