Sermon for the service of Sunday, December 10, 2017 by Pastor Steve Hopkins
“Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,” (Matthew 1:10, NIV)
Just do it.
“Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years… Amon’s officials conspired against him and assassinated the king in his palace. Then the people of the land killed all who had plotted against King Amon, and they made Josiah his son king in his place… Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” (2 Kings 21:19,22-24; 22:1–2, NIV)
- Josiah’s Life: “For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still a boy, he began to seek the God of his ancestor David, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the sacred poles, and the carved and the cast images.” (2 Chronicles 34:3, NRSV)
- “In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent the secretary, Shaphan son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the temple of the Lord.” (2 Kings 22:3, NIV)
- The Law is Discovered: “Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the court secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the Lord’s Temple!” Then Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan, and he read it.” (2 Kings 22:8, NLT)
- “When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair.” (2 Kings 22:11, NLT)
- “Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants 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. The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes 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.” (2 Kings 23:1–3, NIV)
- What makes Josiah different? “So Josiah removed all detestable idols from the entire land of Israel and required everyone to worship the Lord their God. And throughout the rest of his lifetime, they did not turn away from the Lord, the God of their ancestors.” (2 Chronicles 34:33, NLT)
- “Never since the time of the prophet Samuel had there been such a Passover. None of the kings of Israel had ever kept a Passover as Josiah did, involving all the priests and Levites, all the people of Jerusalem, and people from all over Judah and Israel. This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign.” (2 Chronicles 35:18–19, NLT)
- “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22, NIV)
- What about me?
- “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live. But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:26–29, NIV)
- “And Samuel told him, “Although you may think little of yourself, are you not the leader of the tribes of Israel? The Lord has anointed you king of Israel.” (1 Samuel 15:17, NLT)
- “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
Δ? Am I content with merely listening to God’s Word or simply finding it in my house? What is one way I can put the Word into practice this week?