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Building A Culture of Life.      2 Kings 22:11-13; 23:1-3, 10, 24-25      Jan. 16, 2011

 

Introduction

How could the worship in the Temple loose the Book of The Law?  Neglect and false practices had to be major causes. If they were concerned about Building A Culture of Life, they needed to find the Book of the Law.

 

1.   When Building A Culture . . Seek To Follow The Right Blue Print. 22:11-13

       A.   Seek To Follow Through . . Individual Repentance and Commitment. 22:11

       11 When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.

 

       B.   Seek To Follow Through . . Inquiring Further Into The Book of the Law. 22:12-13

       12 Then he commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the

       court secretary, and the king’s servant Asaiah: 13 “Go and inquire of the LORD for me, the people, and all

       Judah about the instruction in this book that has been found. For great is the LORD’s wrath that is kindled

       against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words of this book in order to do everything written

       about us.”


       As a child if your parents told you to do something and you did not get it done were you concerned about their disappointment. When the King heard the reading from the Book of The Law, he believed it was God’s word, and He had told the people of Israel how to live and they were not doing it. He expressed his individual and personal repentance as he tore his clothes. (An expression of deep remorse and repentance). Of course I believe leaders ought to believe and follow God’s Law. Which means they need to discover or rediscover it.

Does it really say what it at first seems to be saying? Inquire further like King Josiah did as he commanded those more involved in the Temple to read it. We have a new Study Bible from Holman that will help all of us to dig deeper into the Word. If all of us do that it might cause personal repentance and a revival.


 

2.   When Building A Culture . . Stimulate Others To Follow. 23:1-3

       A.   Seek To Stimulate Others Through . . Communicating The Book of The Law. 23:1-2

       1 So the king sent messengers? and they gathered all the elders of Jerusalem and Judah to him.

       2 Then the king went to the LORD’s temple with all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,

       as well as the priests and the prophets—all the people from the youngest to the oldest. As they listened, he

        read all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the LORD’s temple.

 

       B.   Seek To Stimulate Others Through . . Covenant To Follow The Commands. 23:3

       3 Next, the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant in the presence of the LORD to follow the LORD

       and to keep His commands, His decrees, and His statutes with all his mind and with all his heart, and to

       carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book; all the people agreed to the covenant.


       How could a king stimulate others to follow the teachings of God’s Law? He could get all the people to gather for a hearing of a reading of the Law. Then he could and did make a personal and public covenant to follow completely the words of God in the Book. Many of the people were hearing the Book of The Law for the first time just like the king experienced earlier. The king then made his public covenant and many of the people followed his example. He stimulated others to follow the Law by his example. All of us influence some people and we need to be examples of following the Law.

 

3.   When Building A Culture Take A . . Stand To Influence Future Generations. 23:10

       A.   Take A Stand . . Personally To Influence The Future. 23:10a

       10 He defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of Hinnom,

 

       B.   Take A Stand . . Publically To Influence The Future. 23:10b

“. . . so that no one could make his son or daughter pass through the fire to Molech.”


       The king took a stand personally in order to safeguard future generations. He publically made this stand. His commitment was to the Lord not to the people or some pole or survey of what the people wanted. I like to see a leader stand up and say I did this because it is the right thing to do and will protect us and future generations.


 

4.   When Building A Culture . . Sustain The Teachings of Scripture. 23:24-25

       A.   Sustain The Teachings By . . Removing False Influences. 23:24

24 In addition, Josiah removed the mediums, the spiritists, household idols, images, and all the detestable

       things that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. He did this in order to carry out the words of

       the law that were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the LORD’s temple.

 

       B.   Sustain The Teachings By . . Representing Truth In A Praise Worthy Manner. 23:25

25 Before him there was no king like him who turned to the LORD with all his mind and with all his heart and with all his strength according to all the law of Moses, and no one like him arose after him.


       When true repentance comes it causes some actions of our community to be reversed or removed. Josiah order some significant changes. The need for this occurred because the Word of God was not being read, preached or practiced. Josiah represented God and His truth in a praise worth manner. The history of Israel was greatly affected by such a king as Josiah. Truly he was a man interested in Building A Culture of Life.

Amen? Amen!