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II Kings 22:3-23:30

King Josiah found out what many of us have experienced when renovating, moving or just plan cleaning out stuff from top to bottom, you find things you’ve completely forgotten about which hold and give our lives great meaning. We also will find junk. Hilkiah the high priest found not only what was valuable, the Book of the Law, but the reason Jerusalem and its people existed.

How often have I dragged things into my life, set them up as idols, and dragged some more things in to make more clutter, which hide the Book of the Law that gave my life meaning, I did that for almost twenty years.

This particular passage also shows that a woman was trusted by God to hold and deliver a message to His people, Huldah. You Go Girl!

After the house (Temple) is thoroughly cleaned and the nation purified of its idols and high places, the people were told they must celebrate the Passover, not, “If you can find the time,” or “If you feel like it,” but they were given a command to do. I wonder if the knowledge of the fate of the false prophets helped them along in their celebration and worship (22:20).

If the people were commanded to worship maybe that is the reason God gave this Word to the prophet Jeremiah (6):

6 During the reign of King Josiah, the LORD said to me, "Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there. 7 I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it. 8 I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. 9 Because Israel's immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood. 10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense," declares the LORD.

Acts 21:37-22:16

I seem to be in a comparative mood today. While Paul is giving his defense before the crowd in Jerusalem in Aramaic, a statement he made to them caught my attention (Acts 22):

1 …listen to me as I offer my defense." 2 When they heard him speaking in their own language, the silence was even greater. 3 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, and I was brought up and educated here in Jerusalem under Gamaliel. At his feet I learned to follow our Jewish laws and customs very carefully. I became very zealous to honor God in everything I did, just as all of you are today.

What specifically ran away with my imagination is the mention of the name Gamaliel, the renowned Jesus scholar and teacher. Hmmm, the other time this name is mentioned in this book is in the fifth chapter,

34 A Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered the men to be taken outside for a little while …38 And now, I tell you, stay away from these men and leave them alone. For if this plan or this work is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even be found fighting against God."

So Paul two chapters latter (7), didn’t even take his own teachers advice and participated in the killing of Stephen and then precedes to arrest and persecute all the Christians he can find, very interesting.

Psalm 1:1-6

In reading this Psalm again I am reminded how much like a passage in Jeremiah (17) this Psalm is:

This is what the LORD says:
"Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who depends on flesh for his strength
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.

6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands;
he will not see prosperity when it comes.
He will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.

7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.

8 He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit."

Proverbs 18:11-12

The eleventh verse reminds me that what ever I might think is true does not make it truth, what something appears to be is not necessary what it is.

Grace and peace,

Isn't it interesting that things in the dark come to life. When we clean up, those things we didn't know we needed appear. I can't imagine not having the Word or misplacing it for a lifetime forgotten and the. Poof ! Here it is. How cool! You are amazing Lord.

Wow as the commentary said if Paul had not focused in the Gentiles he probably would have been okay. That is crazy! But sometimes the places we are led might not be the path that is easiest to follow. Jesus didn't say it was easy to do right. Just stay the course. Choose the path less followed. We don't have to be a follower of people. Jesus beat to his own drum. Be like Him.

Wow Psalm 1.3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water..let Him be our reservoir..our source. Amen

Pride cometh before a fall..humility before honor. .don't be prideful and arrogant. It has its price. Be humble..humility and meekness will inherit the land! Amen

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