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Confronted by God

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When confronted with The Law, Josiah’s response is what our response ought to be when confronted by God:humility

The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the LORD all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel. He did away with the pagan priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem—those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts. He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the LORD to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the dust over the graves of the common people. He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes, which were in the temple of the LORD and where women…

2 Kings 23

…and it continues on for the majority of the chapter. Because of Josiah’s response, v. 25 says, “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.”

Shouldn’t Josiah’s response be our own? When confronted by God shouldn’t we want to clean up our own lives? I know there is the current tendency toward “touchy feely” and “seeker sensitive” Christianity so that we don’t offend anyone, BUT once someone truly has an encounter with the Holy God his response should be utter awe, conviction, and fear. Just as Isaiah when he cried “Woe to me!..I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” (Isaiah 6:5)


Written by Tim

January 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Posted in Christianity

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