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I’ve been sitting on that one statement which was inspired by one verse from the Old Testament for quite some time now. It’s disturbing to me. It bothers me. It scares me. Most importantly it inspires me.
In 2 Kings chapter 22, King Josiah takes the throne of Judah in God’s Kingdom. He was only 8 years old when he became King, but he ended up ruling for 31 years and was a highly regarded, well respected King of God’s people. When Josiah was 26 years old, in the 18th year of his ministry, he formed a delegation to take the money that God’s people had given through the Temple and use it to restore the Temple to it’s original condition.
During construction, Hilkiah the High Priest found the Book of the Law in the Temple. Hilkiah gave the scroll to a man who then took it to King Josiah, who read what was in the scroll. When King Josiah read the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in dismay, commanded the High Priest and his officials to seek God on their behalf and ask about the words that were in the scroll.
2 Kings 22:13b says, “For the Lord’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.”
Wow! Josiah was the first to recognize that the Word had been in the Temple but the Temple was not in the Word.
Churches and church leaders, are we IN the Word? Have we been doing ALL that it says we are to do? I’m worried that for a lot of us church leaders and for a lot of churches, the Word might be in the Temple but the Temple is not in the Word!
Lord, help us be found in YOUR Word!