Saturday, January 20, 2018

Year 8, Day 20: 2 Kings 22

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Quite often when I read this chapter, I love to focus on the character of Huldah the prophetess.  Here is a woman of faith, who isn’t afraid to tell the truth.  Here is a woman to whom the spiritual and political leaders of the nation turn when they want to know truth!

Today, though, I plan on going a different route.  Towards the end of the reading we get to a major point in Huldah’s speak.  Huldah tells us in plain words about the power of repentance.  God plans to come and lay siege to Judah.  God plans to take His own people into captivity.  But because Josiah repented when He heard the Word of God, God stays His hand of wrath for the time being.

There are many neat places of learning that we can explore.  What a testimony to God’s forgiveness!  Here is a God who plans to destroy the whole culture because of their rebellion.  Yet, because one person, their leader, is willing to display humbleness God is willing to forgive and postpone judgment.

Of course, this leads us to the power of humbleness!  Josiah’s willingness to hear and let his heart be touched is one of the most powerful reactions that he can have in the eyes of God.  We are flawed human beings.  What God looks for is whether or not we can admit our failings and then go forward in repentance.

Finally, we can see that God does indeed care for all of His people.  The promise that God gives to Josiah through Huldah is that Josiah will be gathered to His ancestors.  God cares not just for the living, but for the dead.  We can trust that God will not be our God in life, but that He will be our God in all time.