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Keep Your Behavior In Line      Jer. 22:13-21      July 17, 2011


       Parents need to encourage children to watch their behavior. When you look at the behavior of this king it is hard to believe he’s is Josiah’s son. We believe Josiah told him; Keep Your Behavior In Line.


1.   Keep Your Behavior In Line . . Share Properly With Others. 22:13-14, 17

       A.   Share Properly When You . . Hire Someone to Work for You. 22:13-14

13 Woe for the one who builds his palace through unrighteousness, his upper rooms through injustice, who makes his fellow man serve without pay and will not give him his wages,

       14 who says, “I will build myself a massive palace, with spacious upper rooms.” He will cut windows in it,

       and it will be paneled with cedar and painted with vermilion.


       B.   Share Properly Have A . . Heart for Others. 22:17

17 But you have eyes and a heart for nothing except your own dishonest profit, shedding innocent blood and committing extortion and oppression.


History relates to us Josiah is one of the most righteous kings. His son Jehoiakim

did not follow his example. This king disobeyed the scripture (Lev.19:13, Deut. 14:24) and did not pay wages to his hired laborers. His activities were without a heart of concern about anything but himself. What a terrible example for anyone but especially a king and the offspring of a man like Josiah.

2. Keep Your Behavior In Line . . Submit To the Ways of the Lord. 22:15-16

       A.   Submit to the . . Example of your Kingly Father. 22:15

15 Are you a king because you excel in cedar? Didn’t your father eat and drink and administer justice and

       righteousness then it went well with him.


       B.   Submit to the . . Exclamation of your Heavenly Father. 22:16

       16 He took up the case of the poor and needy, then it went well. Is this not what it means to know Me

       This is the LORD’s declaration.

       Thousands of years ago Israel received an example of how to live individually and King Josiah certainly set an example for his son. Did Josiah not take time to teach his children? Some fathers do that today and I think it is a terrible mistake. We ought to live so that our lives out live our lives especially through our children.

The exclamation from God’s Word sets aan expectation for us and that is enhanced with godly parents. I love the song, May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful. It is my opinion all Christians should live such a life. I did not have a godly father but my mother pointed me to the Heavenly Father and the teachings of His Word.


3.   Keep Your Behavior In Line . . Seek A Life of Good Example. 22:18-19

       A.   Seek To Leave An Honorable . . Memory. 22:18

       18 Therefore, this is what the LORD says concerning Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah: They will not

       mourn for him, saying, “Woe, my brother!” or “Woe, my sister!” They will not mourn for him, saying,

       “Woe, lord! Woe, his majesty!”

       B.   Seek to Deserve An Honorable . . Mausoleum. 22:19

19 He will be buried like a donkey, dragged off and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem.

       The Lord told Jehoiakim before he died his death would not leave a good memory and very little morning.

The city of Jerusalem would not be in great morning like they did for his father. When a person thinks about no one but himself throughout his life he repeats a basic “who cares,” when he dies. Then the prophet predicts his burial will be like that of a donkey. Many kings and important people get a mausoleum for their burial place but nothing of the sort is promised for King Jehoiakim. His death gets even less respect that his life.


4.   Keep Your Behavior In Line Strive To . . Secure A Future In Worship. 22:20-21

       A.   Secure A Future through Your . . Theme of Worship. 22:20

       20 Go up to Lebanon and cry out; raise your voice in Bashan; cry out from Abarim, for all your lovers have

       been crushed.


       B.   Secure A Future Free from . . Transgression. 22:21

21 I spoke to you when you were secure. You said, “I will not listen.” This has been your way since youth;

       indeed, you have never listened to Me. HCSB


       If our life is to leave any kind of a good memory we will need to strive to secure that future through our worship and following the teachings of our Lord. The king did not strive to secure a future through his example in worship and the impact of his worship on his life and influence. Jehoiakim lived a life of transgression against the teaching of the Lord. The text tells us ever since his youth he transgressed against the Lords desires and commands. He rejected the calls of God to Keep Your Behavior In Line . Amen? Amen!