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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For July 15, 2021
Assurance And Hope

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

2 Kings 22:1-20 KJV
1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.
3 And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the LORD, saying,
4 Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the LORD, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people:
5 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD: and let them give it to the doers of the work which is in the house of the LORD, to repair the breaches of the house,
6 Unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house.
7 Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.
8 And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
9 And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD.
10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,
13 Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.
14 So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.
15 And she said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me.
16 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read:
17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.
18 But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the LORD, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;
19 Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD.
20 Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.

There are several things that never changes with God, his love and mercy to those that know not the law that gain knowledge of his laws. This being Old Testament and not New Testament one might ask is this chapter about a boy king that grew into a man, that went about having repairs done to the temple and the temple cleaned so important? Josiah lived by the old codes/ways of God without the knowledge of the laws of God. Yet when the High Priest found the law in the temple, that nearly had been wrecked by evil kings of the nation of Israel, something happened, even the Priest repented to God and showed the scribe the laws of God in the scrolls they found. The scribe took the book and read the laws of God to Josiah. Josiah ripped his clothes and bow down and repented.

Now there was no one not even High Priest that could inquire for the king to God, so they search for someone that could inquire of the Lord for the king, and found a prophetess by the name of Huldha. She lived in the college tending to the wardrobe at the college. She would be the one to seek God and inquire of God concering his wrath written in the book read to Josiah. God comes back giving Josiah the knowledge of what will one day befall Israel, but during Josiah reign he would go to his grave in peace. Josiah would not see the evil God was going to bring, because he repented of the sins of Israel before him.

When does God's wrath come and when do people still have hope of deliverance? Hope comes with repentance on hearing the word of God. This has not changed from Old To New Testament. Repentance comes with the knowledge of sin. Josiah lived according the laws of God but not with knowledge of the laws. He was not an evil king. Yet at eighteen when the book was read it still effected him in such a way he rented/tore his clothes and weep because of sin. People today may not be as dramatic when they repent of sin, but the idea is that the need of God was still as necessary today as it was back in the days of the Old Testament. If we remember many people may be good people, but it does not make their heart right with God. You can be a good person without God in your heart, but it does not make you a believer, or recognizer of God's authority and power. Josiah understood when the book was read that there was a higher power, there was a God that corrected man in the ways of evil and destruction would befall if Israel chose the path of evil. Josiah wanted to know there was hope, and hope was given through the one that could communicate and inquire directly to God for him. See the law of needing an intercessor came as Moses lead the people out of Israel, because they were in fear of the voice of God. The need of someone close to God and in the priesthood, prophetess was necessary. The High Priest and scribe of Josiah day was a repented priest and needed an intercessor too. Scribe read that book to Josiah because it pricked his own heart as well.

Huldha a woman was given the task of inquiring of God because she was God's faithful servant. A woman not a man, because of her love for God she was so honored. Ladies never think because your a woman that your obedience to God goes unnoticed, for it is needed in our world like in the days of Josiah. Women that will serve God and turn from evil as a place in service to God.

Jesus is our intercessor, for anyone that believeth in him has eternal hope of salvation. Anyone that repents and confesses Jesus as Lord to glory to God the Father. Josiah only heard the word, but that same word became flesh and dwelt among the people of the world and taught the people the word of truth and eternal life. That word/Jesus would die and raise up again so we could have life through Jesus. Without the intercessor we have no hope. Josiah without the priesthood searching for who could inquire of God, had no hope or assurance of faith. He could believe, and continue without hope or assurance, but God gave him sweet assurance through Huldha the prophetess word from the Lord.

Without Christ where is your hope? Without Christ how will know you are saved. Without intercessor how will you know your sins are forgiven, because sin continues even until the day of death. With Christ we have the hope of salvation, the hope of eternity and the hope of forgiveness of sin. Will you believe in Christ today?

Thank you Lord for your word of truth concerning your judgment to come to the whole world and the truth of salvation through your son Jesus, if we will repent and turn from our wicked ways you will heal us if we will only believe giving us eternal hope throughout eternity. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Romans 2:11-16 KJV
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Acts 10:43 KJV
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.


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