Day 214

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II Kings 23:1-28, II Chronicles 34:29-33 and 35:1-19, Nahum 1:1-3:19 (NIV)

Daniel Contois, Worship & Arts
Specifically 2 Kings 23

King Josiah really wanted to please the Lord, and had taken up a collection to fix up the temple. He sent somebody out to find out about the offering, and while they were there checking on it they found out that this book of the law, the bible for the Jewish people, had been found as they were cleaning things out. Josiah really wanted to please the Lord. He prayed and asked, God what should we do now that we know what this law says, which had been ignored and not considered for a generation?

Josiah brings out the book and has it read before the people. He reiterates the Covenant of God with the people. Josiah then begins to remove all the idols and things that people are worshipping, and makes it more focused on God. He realizes they have been doing things against God, so he decides to do some house cleaning. He gets rid of all the objects of worship that are not focused on God. They had desecrated the temple where the people have been worshiping false gods (the stars, and the moon, and all kinds of stuff) and says, “we have not been worshipping God, so we’re going to get rid of that which doesn’t belong here, we’re going to get rid the people that have been leading people astray.” He really cleans house.

They then start embracing the Passover–a remembrance of when the angel spared the children of Israel who had blood on their doors–and that was to remind them of when God took them out of Egypt.

Two things happened. (1) They clean house. (2) They begin to start doing things they knew they should have been doing all along.
What was the thing that changed their hearts? What was the thing that changed their standard? They wanted God’s word to become their standard of living and to use this to guide the way they live.

The bible is to be our standard for living.

God’s word reveals his heart and what he wants us to do. When we read God’s word, we see things in our life that maybe shouldn’t be there, and we see things that maybe we’re not doing that should be there. You may realize there are some things in your life that are not perfect, and none of us is perfect. When we see these things, we either choose to keep them or remove them. We need to pray and ask God to get rid of these things that are not pleasing to Him, as well as to bring in the good things.
Lord I pray for the courage like Josiah did, to eliminate those things that are not pleasing to You, and embrace the things that are pleasing to You.

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2 responses »

  1. Thanks for sharing your perspective today Daniel and exposing that the key here in these passages was found in the word, the renewing of the covenant with God. Not just in reading it but in owning it. Identifying what you need to change and doing just that. “Cleaning house”

    Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)
    The Narrow Gate
    “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

    Did you ever think of the Bible as the Narrow gate? We can’t pass through without opening it. It is the gateway to everlasting life with the Holy Trinity in God’s Kingdom. All the information we need is here for all who seek it. There are many excuses as to why we don’t have the time to be in God’s word daily but none of which are worthy to present to our Creator when we kneel before His throne at the end of our days.

    Lord, I commit my life to You daily and I vow to be in Your word, to learn Your way through the lessons found within. I know that I want to play a role in leading others to you and I know that Your Holy Bible holds the answers that I will need to do so. All for Your Glory

  2. Father God, thank You that Your Word is living and as active as it was thousands of years ago. It is useful as a search light to see the things in my life that make You sad. But Dan brings up a thoughtful point. When You reveal what is unpleasing to You in me, I have a choice…”When we see these things, we either choose to keep them or remove them.” It is a not a magical “poof” & it is gone. There are some things that we need to BATTLE to remove, just like Josiah had to work hard to clean house. Lord, strengthen me for the battle. Thank You that You go before me, You’re there beside me. And when (not if) I wander, Love, in the name of Jesus, will find me. I choose to follow You, today. No turning back! Oh, and thank You for filling my thoughts with songs of YOU this morning!! Amen.

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