Friday, July 12, 2019

DILIGENCE

Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 34

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An actor from “Nazareth Village” in Nazareth holds a scroll in the synagogue as he depicts Jesus from Luke 4:14-20. Perhaps it was a scroll resembling this one from which young king Josiah read aloud in the hearing of his people, and which produced nation-changing results.

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Key Verses: 2 Chronicles 34:19, 31

Now it happened that when the king heard the words of the law, that he tore his clothes…Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book.

 

Back in 2 Chronicles 24, we read of the boy king, Joash, who became king at seven years old. He did well as long as he had his teacher present, but then went astray. Now we have an eight-year-old, Josiah, made king. No doubt he also had strong guidance from godly people. Unlike Joash, Josiah stayed true to the God of Israel all his life. It seems reasonable to suggest that finding the lost manuscript of the Bible made all the difference. The turning points of Josiah’s life are as follows: At eight he became king. Josiah would’ve been six when his grandfather, Manasseh, died. Manasseh had turned from God and then returned in repentance. Perhaps Josiah’s grandpa had told him the stories of the tragedies that resulted from ungodly behaviour. At 16 Josiah began to seek the God of King David. At 20 he began to destroy the idols such as the Baals which the people had been worshipping. The northern tribes had been dispersed throughout the world in what is now known as ethnic cleansing, but the remnant who remained came under Josiah’s leadership. At 24 Josiah began to repair the ancient Temple of God built by Solomon. Then comes the words of our key verses.

We need to cherish the Book we are reading together. Many years before the workmen discovered the manuscript of the Bible (probably Deuteronomy), diligent people had spent countless hours copying, by hand, the Words. There were no print shops where copies could be run off. All the effort at copying was rewarded long after the writers had passed on. Do we wonder if we will ever see the fruit of our labours? Don’t lose heart! Rejoice in our sowing of good seed; we can trust God with the reaping of results in His timing.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for determination to serve You well today, leaving the results of my labours up to You and Your timing. Thank You, Father God, for the opportunity to sow seeds which will yield a good harvest. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Twenty-four year old King Josiah tore his clothes to indicate his profound grief at the failure of Israel to keep true to the writings on the scroll which was found hidden in the Temple. The King, himself, read aloud from the Bible in the hearing of all the elders of Israel. I often read the Word of God out loud when it is called for. One of those times was in Regina, Saskatchewan. Dr. Shapiro, a Jewish medical doctor, had, like Josiah, torn his clothes to show extreme grief. I don’t have space to tell the story here. It’s on pages 113 -116 in my book, This Far by Faith. A great turn-around happened in the doctor’s life as a result. I find it interesting that offerings are often the lead-up to blessings. Again and again in our readings, I find the connection between giving and receiving. That has certainly been my personal experience through the years. A New Testament reading on which I’ve just meditated is 2 Corinthians chapter 9 (click here to read with me).

Yours for finding our Bibles and for reading carefully its transformative message daily!

David

Jesus portrayed by an actor entering the synagogue in Nazareth. In this synagogue I take delight during our tours in reading from Isaiah, as Jesus did here in His hometown synagogue.

6 thoughts on “Friday, July 12, 2019

  1. In Reading in reading the books of 1st and 2nd Chronicles where it talks about the good Kings and the bad kings but what I’ve come to observe is that some of these Kings we’re quite yum as it was in case chapter where King Josiah was only seven or eight years of age and that is very young for a boy in Bible days to be a king so I just thought I would share that with you I pray that you will all have a great day in men I meant to say young sorry for the typo

  2. That is probably why Jesus said Luke 23:34: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Many times we just plod along in life doing and saying what we believe to be right and find out eventually that we were wrong in our understandings. Praise the Lord for having mercy on our souls when we show remorse.
    Blessings to all dear saints and praying for wonderful weather wherever you live. Praying for the people down New Orleans way who expecting bad weather.

  3. Amen Lynda D. Lord bring this our way! King Manasseh disobeyed the Lord and repented in the end, and King Josiah obeyed and then disobeyed which meant the losing of his life, but I quote from the Day unto Day commentary,”… the Lord gave him a few hours of life after his mortal injury. During those hours, he must have repented and died at peace with God.” Nizar Shaheen. Tremendous shift of events during this time in Israel’s history but as you say William, they did not have the Cross, the Holy Spirit or the Scriptures as we have them today. May God bless our reading of the Word and understanding. Yes, David is still reaping results from his efforts in the Word! We are to honor those who labor or have labored in the Word. Amen?

  4. I know that many will not read my blog…….just in case someone does…….I am in need of prayer; everything is going side ways; the devil is just pulling all kinds of “crap” and people are not stopping and thinking; instead they take sides and this is not good…….we rebuke the devil and all his ways; he is nothing;
    we plead the Blood of the Lamb over our families;homes;communities;the churches; we need Christian leaders to stand tall and to engage with all Christians and pray for one another and do not give up; do not listen or engage in gossip; instead lead prayer groups or pray with individual people where ever you meet them; Lord God we confess we have sinned against You and You alone; we are sorry; we ask for Your forgiveness; Thank You Lord, be with us as we work; raise our families;enjoy holidays; help us to be good leaders for our blessed children; help us to look after the seniors in our communities; help us to have good marriages; help us to be good neighbours; Thank you for Your everlasting love in Jesus Name we Pray amen

    • Placing all your requests at the foot of the Cross SAH…Jesus hears you and loves you dearly. In your weakness, He is your strength! Keep trusting Him in every circumstance. All will be well.
      Blessings, Evanna

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