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July 21, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Proverbs 24-26
Audio: Proverbs 24-26

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2 Kings 22 (ESV)

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.

In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the Lord, saying,“Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money that has been brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people. And let it be given into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord, and let them give it to the workmen who are at the house of the Lord, repairing the house (that is, to the carpenters, and to the builders, and to the masons), and let them use it for buying timber and quarried stone to repair the house. But no accounting shall be asked from them for the money that is delivered into their hand, for they deal honestly.”

And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “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. And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord.” 10 Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.

11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. 12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, 13 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter), and they talked with her. 15 And she said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Tell the man who sent you to me, 16 Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will bring disaster upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the words of the book that the king of Judah has read. 17 Because they have forsaken me and have made offerings to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched. 18 But to the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Regarding the words that you have heard, 19 because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. 20 Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring upon this place.’” And they brought back word to the king.

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  1. Repetition

    As I read today's chapter, what struck me is the repetition of God's Word drilling into its reader's minds the seriousness of provoking the Lord to anger through sin, rebellion, and worshipping anything or anyone other than God Himself.

    That's why it is so shocking how few sermons in churches today exclude these repeated warnings in Scripture. What has replaced the biblical repetition of the Old Testament, Jesus' warnings in the Gospels and the other books of the New Testament of warnings and preparing for judgment is the love of God and all the benefits of knowing Him. But this "knowing" typically is not knowledge of who God is from Scripture – it's more about a feeling people feel at the expense of studying Scripture. 

    This amounts to creating a false god and worshipping it instead of the God of the Bible!

    When was the last time you heard a pastor warn congregants of the wrath of God for those who are not born again? 

    When was the last time you heard a pastor talk about the return of Christ, pleading his hearers to be prepared for judgment?

    When was the last time you heard a pastor talk about the danger of "believing in Jesus" without renouncing sin, rebellion and living as the god of your life? If Jesus is really Lord, why are so many people who profess faith in Christ still sitting on the throne of their lives as king?

    God said in 2 Kings 22:17, "Because they have forsaken me and have made offerings to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore my wrath will be kindled against this place, and it will not be quenched."

    One of the reasons verses like this are not mentioned by preachers today is many believe God was "different" in the Old Testament (before Christ) than He is now. They might not say it or admit it but their actions speak louder than their empty words.

    A local pastor said a couple of days ago that they take longer to go through a book of the New Testament because, "There is far more here for us to learn and apply than in the Old Testament."

    When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17), he was talking about the Old Testament. There was no New Testament when this letter was written!

    Jesus Himself said, "For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me."

    Luke 24:27 says, "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."

    With comments like this, is it any wonder "casual christianity" has taken root in the lives of so many oblivious churchgoers today? 

    When a pastor devalues the Old Testament, He devalues Jesus because He is the Word who became flesh (John 1:1, 14).

    When a pastor devalues all there is to learn about God from the Old Testament while focusing on application from the New Testament, the focus on who God is fades from the spotlight and a humanistic, me-centered belief system takes the stage disguised as "faith."

    How many megachurches would stay "mega" if the pastor warned of the dangers of provoking the Lord to anger through sin, rebellion, and worshipping anything or anyone other than God Himself?

    Not many – if any.

    In Malachi 3:6, the Lord said of Himself, "For I, the Lord, do not change."

    While it's true in the new covenant of Jesus Christ, we no longer practice the ceremonials laws of the Old Testament,  follow the civil laws which where given specifically to Israel for that time or continue to make offerings to God by sacrificing animals (since Jesus Christ was the final sacrifice), God does not change. What provoked God then provokes God now. His moral law is still as intact as it was when His hand wrote it on the stones. His character is also the same. 

    But what is also the same for us now as it was for the king of Judah is found in 2 Kings 22:19 which says, "Because your heart was penitent, and you humbled yourself before the Lord, when you heard how I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before me, I also have heard you, declares the Lord."

    I pray we never devalue the Old Testament but are willing to warn people (as the Bible does repeatedly) that one day Jesus will return and all will stand in judgment before Him.

  2. I think about that day every single day. Some days, like today, when I'm exhausted, I just want that day to be today. 

    The world makes us weary, but I know that in my weakness I am strong, and that strength comes from Jesus. 

    I pray that God gives me the endurance to run this race. 

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