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.