2 Kings 22:3-23:30
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
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Focus Verses: 2 Kings 23:1-3
1 Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 2 He
went up to the temple of the LORD with the men of Judah, the people of
Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least
to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of
the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the LORD. 3 The
king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of
the LORD -to follow the LORD and keep his commands, regulations and
decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words
of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged
themselves to the covenant.
the declining years of Judah, the Temple's ruin and disrepair had
become a metaphor for the nation's spiritual condition. The nation had
become so careless in their spiritual apathy that they had lost the Book
of the Law of Moses in the mess and clutter of the Temple.
King Josiah ordered that efforts be made to restore the Temple and make
worship a priority, they found the Book of Law. As Josiah heard what it
had to say, he was thunderstruck by how far his people had wandered
from the truth of God. He understood that a knowledge of God's word
would be essential to any spiritual renewal he hoped to bring to
Israel, so he made sure everyone had an opportunity to hear it.
Response and Action:
God's written word is a sure way to lose my spiritual health. I must
guard against the deterioration of my spiritual health. I must not let
the truth of Scripture get lost in the messy distractions and clutter of
life. Like Josiah, I want to be responsive to God's word and be ready
to live by it. I must direct my efforts to know and understand the
Bible. I will commit myself to reading and applying God's word.
God, how can I keep my way pure? By living according to your word. I
seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I
will hide your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: 2 Peter 1:19
we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do
well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place,
until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
The IVP Introduction to the Bible
by Philip S. Johnston