July 27, 2012

208 - The Passover is kept

Kathleen's thoughts

Jeremiah 6: 1-30
Kings 23: 21-23, 23: 4-14, 26-27
2 Chronicles 35: 1-19

The invasion of Jerusalem The Lord of Hosts says...This city  (Jerusalem) must be punished There is nothing but oppression within her.

Rebellious Israel...God says this Who can I speak to and give such a warning, that they will listen. Israel's ears are closed to the word of the Lord.

Israel's rejection of God's way...This is what the Lord says; Stand by the roadway and look. Ask about the ancient paths; which is the way to what is good? Then take it and find rest for yourselves. But they protested; We won't!

Invasion from the north 

Josiah celebrates the Passover... The king commanded all the people, "Keep the Passover of the Lord your God as written in the book of the covenant" No such Passover had ever been kept from the time of the judges who judged Israel through the entire time of the kings of Israel and Judah. But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was observed to the Lord in Jerusalem.

The ark. 2 Chronicles 35: 3 Put the holy ark in the temple built by Solomon son of David king of Israel. No Passover had been observed like it in Israel since the days of Samuel the Prophet.
In the eighteenth year of Josiah's reign, this Passover was observed.

Josiah's further reforms. He destroyed all that which was evil in the sight of God so that the people could worship and bow down to the only one  true God

This Josiah must have been a wonderful man, a man of integrity who feared the Lord God.


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