Josiah: Kingly Living, Bible Hunters

(2 Kings 22-23, ESV)

Relive the Moment You Met God.  And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” … And Shaphan read it before the king. When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. (2 Kings 22:8-11 ESV) 

What Does God Want from You?

Move towards God and for God. “Go, inquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” (2 Kings 22:13 ESV) 

Respond to the Word. (2 Kings 22:19-20) 

  • Be Broken-Hearted Over Your Sin “because your heart was penitent and you humbled yourself before the LORD, when you heard” v.19
  • Take Public Action with Genuine Emotions  “and you have torn your clothes and wept before me” v.19

God Hears and Saves  “I also have heard you, declares the LORD. Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the disaster that I will bring upon this place.’” And they brought back word to the king.” v.19-20

  • Never Stop Living God's Word

Continually Commit in Christian Community  And the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after 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 this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people joined in the covenant. (2 Kings 23:3) 

Remove What Doesn't Belong (2 Kings 23:4-20)

And he sacrificed all the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars, and burned human bones on them. Then he returned to Jerusalem. (2 Kings 23:20) 

Honor God  Josiah Restores the Passover And the king commanded all the people, “Keep the Passover to the LORD your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant.” (2 Kings 23:21 ESV)