Summary: The Word of God is powerful, and when you read it and apply it, it can transform your life today.
UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE
OPENING TEXT: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV).
• If the Bible is so powerful, then why don’t more people read it?
• Many people don’t read the Bible because they find it boring, irrelevant confusing.
INTRO TO TOPIC: I love the Bible.
• “More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” (Psalm 19:10, NKJV).
• When I discovered that God had written a book, I had an unquenchable hunger to read it.
• It helped me to grow spiritually, developed my faith, increased my knowledge of God.
• I want to stir up your desire to get into God’s Word, and give you practical steps to get more out of your Bible study.
THE BIG IDEA: The Word of God is powerful, and when you read it and apply it, it can transform your life today.
1. THE BOY KING: (Josiah)
• Let’s look at someone who was radically changed by the Word – an exciting story!
• Josiah was an 8 year old boy whose grandpa Manasseh was the most wicked King in Judah; who led the nation into idolatry and even sacrificed children.
• He was a boy whose dad Amon became king when Josiah was 6, but Amon was so wicked he was assassinated two years later by his own servants.
• Josiah was raised in hell and didn’t have good examples in his life, but he didn’t have a victim mentality, and refused to become just like his biological dad.
“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.” (2 Kings 22:1).
• I love this story because it shows me that God can use young people, too!
“And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” (2 Kings 22:2).
• David wasn’t his biological dad – David was his great, great, great, great grandfather, and Josiah chose him for a role-model instead of his own parents.
“Now it came to pass, in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the scribe, the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, to the house of the Lord.” (2 Kings 22:3).
• paraphrase v. 4-7: Josiah told Shaphan to help rebuild the house of the Lord.
2. THE TREASURE: (The Bible)
“Then Hilkiah the high priest said to 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. So Shaphan the scribe went to the king, bringing the king word, saying, "Your servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of those who do the work, who oversee the house of the Lord." Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read it before the king.” (2 Kings 22:8-10).