Sunday - November 19

Who Are You? Insignificant People who made Significant Impacts

 

 

Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and grandson of Meshullam, the court secretary, to the Temple of the Lord. He told him, “Go to Hilkiah the high priest and have him count the money the gatekeepers have collected from the people at the Lord’s Temple. Entrust this money to the men assigned to supervise the restoration of the Lord’s Temple. Then they can use it to pay workers to repair the Temple. They will need to hire carpenters, builders, and masons. Also have them buy the timber and the finished stone needed to repair the Temple. But don’t require the construction supervisors to keep account of the money they receive, for they are honest and trustworthy men.” Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the court secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the Lord’s Temple!” Then Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan, and he read it. Shaphan went to the king and reported, “Your officials have turned over the money collected at the Temple of the Lord to the workers and supervisors at the Temple.”  Shaphan also told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll.” So Shaphan read it to the king. When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair.  Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser:  “Go to the Temple and speak to the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah. Inquire about the words written in this scroll that has been found. For the Lord’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.”   (2 Kings 22:1-13, NLT)   

 

 

Then the king summoned all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.  And the king went up to the Temple of the Lord with all the people of Judah and Jerusalem, along with the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. There the king read to them the entire Book of the Covenant that had been found in the Lord’s Temple. The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the Lord’s presence. He pledged to obey the Lord by keeping all his commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul. In this way, he confirmed all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll, and all the people pledged themselves to the covenant (2 Kings 23:1-3, NLT)…King Josiah then issued this order to all the people: “You must celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God, as required in this Book of the Covenant.” There had not been a Passover celebration like that since the time when the judges ruled in Israel, nor throughout all the years of the kings of Israel and Judah.  But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah’s reign, this Passover was celebrated to the Lord in Jerusalem. Josiah also got rid of the mediums and psychics, the household gods, the idols, and every other kind of detestable practice, both in Jerusalem and throughout the land of Judah. He did this in obedience to the laws written in the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had found in the Lord’s Temple  (2 Kings 23:21-24, NLT)…. Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since.   (2 Kings 23:25, NLT)

 

 

Focus:   Real spiritual living begins in the words of God to us. These are life giving, family strengthening, church unifying, world changing words that must be discovered again and again.

 

 

Have you ever gone into the garage or your closet to do a job and before you can accomplish that job get sidetracked by something that was an even bigger job?

 

 

Josiah was 8 yrs old when he became king. He was in his mid 20’s when he decides to really make a mark on his leadership and his name as king. His plan was to commission that redecorating/remodeling of the Temple of the Lord. He had the temple, he had the money (taxes), he noticed that the temple was used quite like he suspected it used to be used so he gave the order to paint and wall paper everything. 

  • Hilkiah - the priest - discovers the scroll / the Book of the Law (Duet. 19)  Shouldn’t the priest have known all along where that scroll was?
  • It was read to the king. Great conviction came upon him because he knew immediately that his life & his kingdom did not reflect the covenant with God..
  • He had it read publicly and declared that the whole kingdom would now abide by and live into this renewed sense of belonging to God. From the top of the kingdom down all of Israel will know God and obey God and serve God. Further, they would renew the Passover celebration reminding them that they were delivered from slavery and oppression by God as a people and brought into a land of promise. This was a command, but it was also good business on the king’s part to mix the demand of the law with the delight of God’s deliverance.
  • This brought a renewed sense of faith and faithfulness to the kingdom of Israel and no doubt brought them closer to God in all things.
  • How could they have gotten to this point? How could they let teh temple fall in disrepair, lose the book of the law, forget the covenant, and not schedule the feasts that reminded them of God’s goodness to their people? Well, it happens I guess.

 

 

It’s a good thing that hasn’t happened to us. I mean we could never forget God, never abandon the care of his sanctuary, never stop gathering to feast together as the people of God, and would certainly never lose the Bible or forget to keep it in our hearts. Not in America & especially not at Newark Naz. We don’t take worship for granted & letting God speak into every area of our life is something we’d never consider doing…..ever!

 

 

Real spiritual living begins in the words of God to us. Words that give us life as we are recognize our creation in his image and our redemption in his son. These are life giving, family strengthening, church unifying, world changing words that must be discovered again and again so that they are fresh on your minds and full in our hearts.

 

 

How?

-     Opening up our heart, mind, soul to God’s word (written/ living)

-     Clearing Space for God to dwell and delight  (confessing / controling)

-     Living in deep Devotion to all that God tells us, offers us, and calls us 

 

 

We aren’t trying to be like Josiah and borrow his significance. We are called to be the significant creature that God made and to know it and live it out… daily.

-  Never before has there been a child/servant/disciple like _________, who turned to the Lord with all his/her heart and soul and strength,  who received the word of God in gladnesss of heart and obedience of will,  who celebrated the story of a God who delivers and demonstrates His love in tangible ways, and who shared the good news with everyone they met hoping for everyone to turn to the Lord.