Sun, Aug 13, 2017

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

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2 Kings 22:1-20  “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus”

1 Kings 13:1–5

1 And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the Lord, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

2 Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’ ”

·      This man’s prophecy is one of the most remarkable in Scripture because it predicted the name and actions of a king who would not appear on the scene for 290 years. Josiah, who reigned from 640 to 609 b.c., fulfilled this prophecy just as the man of God predicted (2 Kings 22:1 - 23:20).  [1]


1 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.

·      Josiah (jo-si’-ah) = Jehovah supports; given of the LORD; whom Jehovah heals; the fire of the LORD; the spared of God.   [2]



2 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his ancestor David; Josiah did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

Zephaniah was ministering as a Prophet in Josiah’s days.

Zephaniah 1:1   The word of the Lord which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.


·     Zephaniah spoke more of the Great Day of the Lord than any other of the Prophets.

Zephaniah 2:3    Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth,
Who have upheld His justice.
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord’s anger.


Prophets during Josiah’s reign:

·     Habakkuk (hab’-ak-kuk) = Embracing (as a token of love); (root = to embrace; to fold [the hands together]). Ardently embraced.

·     Zephaniah (zef-a-ni’-ah) = Hid of the LORD; i.e., protected by the LORD; whom Jehovah hid; concealed of God; (roots = [1] to hide; to protect; [2] Jehovah). Watcher of the LORD. Treasured of Jehovah.   [3]

·     Jeremiah (jer-e-mi’-ah) = Elevated of the LORD; whom Jehovah has appointed; Jehovah is high; exalted of God. Jah will cast forth.   [4]

·     Haggai (hag’-ga-i) = Festival of the LORD; festal; born of a festival day; (root = to keep a feast, with the idea of dancing; to dance; to leap with joy; to reel to and fro). My solemn feast.   [5]


·      Josiah’s growing hunger for the Lord may have been fed by the ministry of the prophet Zephaniah (635–625 b.c.). That his reformation, begun in 628, could actually spill over into the north is easily understood when one recalls the decaying conditions within Assyria in those last years preceding Ashurbanipal’s death in 626.   [6]


When Josiah turned 16 he lived his faith openly:

2 Chronicles 34:3–5

3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images.

4 They broke down the altars of the Baals in Josiah’s presence, and the incense altars which were above them he cut down; and the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images he broke in pieces, and made dust of them and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them.

5 He also burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.


When Josiah turned 21, Jeremiah came into his life:

Jeremiah 1:1–3

1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,

2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.


I have Decided To Follow Jesus:

1 I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back.

2 Though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
no turning back, no turning back.

3 My cross I'll carry, till I see Jesus;
my cross I'll carry, till I see Jesus;
my cross I'll carry, till I see Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back.

4 The world behind me, the cross before me;
the world behind me, the cross before me;
the world behind me, the cross before me;
no turning back, no turning back.


3 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, saying:

·      Ten years seem to have elapsed since the people began to present the accustomed offerings; yet no one had taken an account of them, nor were they applied to the purpose for which they were given.  [7]

o  YET – they were faithful and pious workers

o  No accounting was necessary for they were godly men in the fear of the Lord – even at work!

§  When labourers act in their worldly concerns as under the eye of the Lord, how very lonely and graceful is the sight. How exceedingly to be wished it is that gospel-times furnished out continual instances of this kind. And when piety is blended with honesty, and men are gracious as well as conscientious, oh! how blessed is the sight!   [8]

§  Imagine the trust as Boaz sent his laborers out into the field and all that was necessary was God’s blessings:

Ruth 2:4    Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered him, “The Lord bless you!”


4 “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money which has been brought into the house of the Lord, which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people.

·      Many believe Hilkiah was Jeremiah’s father – which would have made Jeremiah the heir to the position of High Priest.


5 And let them deliver it into the hand of those doing the work, who are the overseers in the house of the Lord; let them give it to those who are in the house of the Lord doing the work, to repair the damages of the house—

6 to carpenters and builders and masons—and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house.

7 However there need be no accounting made with them of the money delivered into their hand, because they deal faithfully.”

Josiah is now 26 years old:

·      Checks and balances needed in every ministry – especially in ministry finances


8 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.

“The Book of the Law”

·      Torah: [9]

·      8451 תֹּורָה [towrah, torah /to·raw/] n f. From 3384; TWOT 910d; GK 9368; 219 occurrences; AV translates as “law” 219 times.
1 law, direction, instruction. 1a instruction, direction (human or divine). 1a1 body of prophetic teaching. 1a2 instruction in Messianic age. 1a3 body of priestly direction or instruction. 1a4 body of legal directives. 1b law. 1b1 law of the burnt offering. 1b2 of special law, codes of law. 1c custom, manner. 1d the Deuteronomic or Mosaic Law.  [10]

o   Other early titles were "The Book of Moses" (Ezra 6:18; Neh. 13:1; II Chron. 35:12; 25:4; cf. II Kings 14:6) and "The Book of the Torah" (Neh. 8:3), which seems to be a contraction of a fuller name, "The Book of the Torah of God" (Neh. 8:8, 18; 10:29–30; cf. 9:3).  [11]


·      Christian scholars usually refer to the first five books of the Hebrew Bible as the "Pentateuch" (Greek: πεντάτευχος, "five scrolls"), a term first used in the Hellenistic Judaism of Alexandria, meaning five books, or as the Law.  [12]


·      The Five Scrolls or The Five Megillot (Hebrewחמש מגילות‎ [χaˈmeʃ meɡiˈlot]Hamesh Megillot or Chomeish Megillos) are parts of the Ketuvim ("Writings"), the third major section of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). The Five Scrolls are the Song of Songs, the Book of Ruth, the Book of LamentationsEcclesiastes and the Book of Esther. These five relatively short biblical books are grouped together in Jewish tradition.


9 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.”

10 Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.

11 Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes.

·      Evidently Manasseh and Amon attempted to destroy all copies of the Scriptures.

o  When revival hits there is always a grand return to the teaching of the Scriptures.

o  Josiah’s response to the Word of God being read is classic.
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12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Michaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying,

13 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”

·      God’s Word always solicits action!

o  Challenges your lack of action



14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe.

(She dwelt in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter.)

And they spoke with her.

15 Then she said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me,

16 Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants—all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read—

17 because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath shall be aroused against this place and shall not be quenched.’ ” ’

18 But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, in this manner you shall speak to him,

‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Concerning the words which you have heard—

19 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.

20 Surely, therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place.” ’ ”

So they brought back word to the king.


Josiah’s blessing came because he had a heart after the Lord:

1.   Tender heart

2.   Humbled yourself before the Lord

3.   You heard what God spoke from the Scriptures

4.   You tore your clothes

5.   You wept before Me


[1] Thomas L. Constable, “1 Kings,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 513–514.

[2] Stelman Smith and Judson Cornwall, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos, 1998), 150.

[3] Stelman Smith and Judson Cornwall, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos, 1998), 250.

[4] Stelman Smith and Judson Cornwall, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos, 1998), 128.

[5] Stelman Smith and Judson Cornwall, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos, 1998), 92.

[6] R. D. Patterson and Hermann J. Austel, “1, 2 Kings,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1988), 282.

[7] B. Blayney, Thomas Scott, and R.A. Torrey with John Canne, Browne, The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, vol. 1 (London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, n.d.), 271.

[8] Robert Hawker, Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: 1 Kings–Esther, vol. 3 (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2013), 279.

[9] The Torah (/ˈtɔːrəˌˈtoʊrə/Hebrewתּוֹרָה‎, "instruction, teaching") is the central reference of Judaism. It has a range of meanings. It can most specifically mean the first five books (Pentateuch) of the twenty-four books of the Tanakh, and it usually includes the rabbinic commentaries (perushim). The term "Torah" means instruction and offers a way of life for those who follow it; it can mean the continued narrative from Book of Genesis to the end of the Tanakh, and it can even mean the totality of Jewish teaching, culture and practice.  Common to all these meanings, Torah consists of the origin of Jewish peoplehood: their call into being by God, their trials and tribulations, and their covenant with their God, which involves following a way of life embodied in a set of moral and religious obligations and civil laws (halakha).       
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[10] James Strong, Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon (Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1995).