“Now the king sent them to gather all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem to him. 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 23:1-3 NKJV
The best for last
Imagine proceeding through a long history, doing according to ones own will, only to find out the truth near the end. There are many self professed followers of Jesus who have never really read the Bible, and struggle constantly with sin. There are those that find themselves not able to discern between what is truly of God and what is not. They have lived entire Christian lives with no real sense of what it really means.
We are living in such a time, when the voice of the Bible has been all but lost, drowned out by the noise of the world. There is coming a season, when that long lost voice will be found, and there will be the greatest harvest in the history of the faith, as the Lord is saving His best for last.
Reading about the latter days of Judah, nearing the end before captivity, I saw a great similarity to these times we are living in. It is almost hard to believe there where hundreds of years of history where there was no reference to the word of God. Then I realize that we in the global church have made the same mistake.
While our bibles have not been hidden in a wall and forgotten, they have been hidden in plain sight, as we have consciously neglected them. We twist the meaning of the Holy Scriptures, demean the word, we dismiss it as archaic, or overwhelmingly patriarchal. We elevate experience over the word.
Like Judah, we have heaped up a great and overdue balance of wrath, that is soon coming. In our case, the judgement is in the form of a preponderance of the symptoms of a world bereft of the word, where evil reigns more and more.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
Our world is becoming unlivable, hopelessly broken, and there is no remedy that man can bring.
Brothers and sisters let us be like Josiah, who upon hearing the word of God, tore his clothes, knowing that he and his people had strayed. Let us like he, a type and shadow of revival, reestablishing worship in our own individual lives. Let us put aside the things and wisdom of this world, and seek the purity of God’s word.
Just as with Judah, the wrath of God is coming and will not be abated. Let us beg for mercy, that we have time to do the first and best things, as we go and tell, sharing the message of this Jesus who went to the cross for our sins.
Rather than tearing down all the high places, of which there are too many, let us instead, reclaim the lives of those lost, leading as many as possible to Jesus. May the high places be made vacant, and corrupted by disuse.
Let us take that long ignored word, and ask the Lord for the power and the will to go and preach it with great passion. May we be urged forth as Paul urged young Timothy:
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
II Timothy 4:1-5 NKJV
Let us fulfill our ministry.
Know that the work will be perilous, and some of us, perhaps most of us, will die in bringing it to completion, but a crown of life awaits those who endure to the end.
““And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Revelation 2:8-10 NKJV
What awaits is glorious, for we inherit an enduring and eternal kingdom, completely unshakable, held captive only by God. Oh what a blessed captivity!
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