Summary: Even when our efforts are not always aligned with his intentions and we make mistakes and sometimes make a mess of things, he knows the heart
2 Kings 22:1-20; key verse: 13
Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, Leading on Empty writes of his daughter, adopted when only three days old. The apple of his eye, Abby, compromised her faith and morality, making choices that expelled her from College and for two years was searching for her identity, struggling why her birth mother didn’t want her. Her adopted parents continued to pray, to call, email and write but never receiving any responses from Abby. But they persisted, determined never to give up on her. One day they received an email from Abby who said she had returned to God. She wrote, “I know now that God may not have had me born of this family, but I am convinced that He has had me born into this family. I am coming home!”
A metaphor for our text – God’s people are sometimes like a lost child, seeking identity and purpose while looking in all the wrong places and turning to all the wrong people.
This period of history was full of mysterious events as well as the usual hard-life stuff:
• Prophet Elijah, chariot of fire (2 Ki2), miracles (2Ki 2, 4, 5, 6), woman’s dead son brought to life (2Ki 4)
• Political unrest … civil conflicts (2Ki 3, 18), murder of kings and ousted governments (2Ki 8)
• Social problems – famine (2Ki 4), slavery (2Ki 5), exile (2Ki 17), prostitution, poverty
• Spiritual prostitution – temple run down and “church worship” neglected (2Ki)
o 13 times (10 kings) the phrase “did evil in the sight of the LORD” from 2Ki chapter 1 to chapter 21 (2Ki 3, 8, 132, 14, 154, 16, 17, 212) and 5 times (5 kings) the phrase “did what was right in the eyes of the LORD” (2Ki 12, 14, 152, 18)
• Attempts of spiritual awakening and restoration (2Ki 10, 12); continued cycle of social/spiritual restoration and relapse; good to evil; tearing down sin’s strongholds only to slip into addiction again and again.
The people were LOST in their journey of trying to figure life out.
We enter the story in chapter 22 when King Josiah took the throne (8 years old!) Josiah followed Yahweh. His leadership included repairing the run-down temple (2Ki 22:1-7) because of Manasseh’s poor reign before him. One never knows what you’ll find when you start renovating a building. The same was true here. In the process of renovating we come to
Bible reading – start with 2Ki 22 1-10 … focus VERSES 8-10…
First mention of The Lost Book Josiah found. Believed to be parts of the book of Deuteronomy:
- 5th of Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible…)
- God’s people finally stopped wandering for 40 years in the wilderness on route from Egypt where they were slaves for 400 hundreds.
- When they finally settled in their new land Deuteronomy provided instructions about their faith, the meaning of their covenant relationship with God; God’s will for the nation; temptations they would face; it included instruction about how to live in security by following God’s plan. It’s the driver’s manual to stay safe on the highways and avoid penalties and prison for misbehaviour behind the wheel that could lead to deadly results.