It’s Time For A Change

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It’s Time For A Change
 
2 King 22:1-20 1 Corin 11:27-32

A. Knowing When It’s Time
 
1. Mountain Jack, St. Helena, 5/18/80
2. Waited Too Late To Change
3. Jesus Has Possibilities
4. Needing It & Not Knowing
5. Deception With Present
6. Circumstances Changing


B. Good King Josiah
 
1. Dad Blew It, Defiant, 2yr
2. Assassinated At 22
3. Revenge—People—King 8
4. 2nd Youngest King
5. Nation-Peace, Prosperous, Relaxed


C. Too Much Religion All Around


1. Worship Of idols, Demonic Molech
2. Anybody Priest, Horses & Sun
3. Altars Temple Courts, Male Prostitute
4. Spiritual Disaster
5. We Want To Worship—But


D. Josiah Seeks The Lord


1. Tough Start But Hey
2. At 16—Began To Seek The Lord
3. Seek –Worship, Frequently, Walk
4. At 16 –Curfew, Dates, Allowance
5. But Needed To Make A Change
6. 4 Years Of Seeking The Lord
7. Don’t Move To Quick
8. What God Must Do In You.


E. Josiah Makes The Changes
 
1. At 20 He Launches Clean Up
2. False Gods, Demonic, Corrupt Priest
3. 26 He Brings Campaign Home
4. Not As Easy To Bring It Home
5. It’s All Got To Go—Astrologers
6. Sun Gods, Prostitutes, Horses
7. Restore Temple To Its Place
8. At 26 New Life Temple Campaign
 
F. The Discovery Of The Law


1. Hilkiah Found In Renovations
2. Word Banned From The Temple
3. One Book Or 5
4. Shaphan Takes The Word To King
5. Shaphan Reads To The King
6. Confrontation Of The Word
7. True Measure Of Our Intent


G. The King’s Reaction


1. The Word Reveals False Security
2. Josiah Tears His Robes
3. The Sense Of Ease Among
Believers
4. Not Allowing The Word
Confrontation
5. God Does Not Want ½ Job
6. Just Having Jesus—Judas


H.  Josiah Fearful Behavior


1. Fearful Of Offending God
2. Offending But Ignoring
3. The Idea Of Cheap Religion
4. Getting Specific With God
5. Fearful Of Punishment
6. Judgment Was To Come
7. Forgiveness & Penalty
8. Don’t Take The Lord Lightly
 
1 Cor. 11:27-30 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. [28] A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. [29] For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. [30] That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.
 
9. Choosing To Sin Boldly


I. The King Wants Advice


1. They All Go To Huldah Wife Of Shallum
2. Judgment Is Coming But Not Now
3. 4. Josiah Gets More Serious
5. Renews The Covenant—Makes A Pledge
6. All Leftovers Removed
7. Followed To His Death
8. Will You Make Up Your Mind
 
2 Kings 23:25 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.
 
 
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22:15–20 Huldah gave God’s message to Josiah through his messengers. First, the Lord confirmed to Josiah that He was surely going to bring His judgment upon Jerusalem because of her idolatry (vv. 15–17). Second, the Lord’s personal word to Josiah was that he would die “in peace” (v. 20), meaning that he would escape the horrors in store for Jerusalem. This promise was based on Josiah’s response of tenderness and humility before the Lord when he heard the scroll describing Judah’s future devastation (vv. 18, 19).  [NOTE:/  COMPARE THIS TO GOD’S PRONOUNCEMENT OF JUDGEMENT ON SIN, THE WARNINGS HE GIVES OF COMING JUDGEMENT IN THE N.T., GOD’S PROMISE TO THE BELIEVER OF ‘ESCAPE’ FROM JUDGEMENT BECAUSE OF THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST AND PENITENCE, THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH BEFORE JUDGEMENT ON THE WORLD COMES/.
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