Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Purging Your House

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2 Kings 23:1-30  “Purging Your House”

Prophetess Huldah

·      2468 חֻלְדָּה [Chuldah /khool·daw/] n pr f. From 2467; GK 2701; Two occurrences; AV translates as “Huldah” twice.

1 a prophetess in the time of Josiah whom Josiah asked for an authoritative opinion on the book of the law which Hilkiah found.   [1]

 

·      As wife of the keeper of the wardrobe it is very probable that Huldah's earthly talents lay in the way of needlework, and that there was nothing at all extraordinary about her usual life; but men of God were conscious that the Lord was with her, that He spoke to her and through her, and that she understood Him. They could not be in her presence without being brought nearer to God; woman as she was, she was a true Levite. (Deu 10:8.)   [2]

 

2 Kings 22: 14, 18–20

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.

·      A seamstress, she did alterations, a repairer of the garments of the High Priest and King.

o  Never think for an instant that the Lord cannot use you because of your occupation or your low degree in society!

§  Never think that the Lord doesn’t know where you are!

§  God KNEW her address! – (in the 2nd quarter of Jerusalem)

§  He knows your address – keep your quiet adoration of the Lord – it is precious in His sight!

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.

 

Huldah spoke from the Lord – then she disappeared from Scripture.

·      No demands for a spot of renown anywhere – she went back to her occupation and surely continued to pray and listen to the Lord.

·      How blessed are the women who are willing to be used of the Lord!

·      How powerfully effective in other’s lives because their humble ways are so attractive to the Holy Spirit’s use.

 

The Huldah Gates of the Southern Steps of the Temple

 

1 Now the king sent them to gather all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem to him.

2 The king went up to the house of the Lord with all the men of Judah, and with him all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the Lord.

3 Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took a stand for the covenant.

·      King Josiah read the Word publicly to the people of Judah

Deuteronomy 17:18–19

18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites.

19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,

o  Though Jerusalem had been judged by God, and would soon be utterly destroyed, Josiah worshipped the God of Israel and loved His Word.

o  A covenant of faithfulness.

 

4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, the priests of the second order, and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of the Lord all the articles that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.

·      Baal

·      Asherah – Queen of Heaven

o  Asherah (ashe’-rah) = “She who enriches.”   [3]

§  Hebrew: 'asherah (HSN-<H842>), a pillar or image of wood. It was set up with the image of Baal and worshiped as the wife of Baal by lewd rites and sensual practices.
'Asherah is always rendered grove in the KJV, but retained as a proper name in the English Revised Version (1885) The word comes from the root yashar, "to be straight, upright, erect." The pillar was set upright in the ground like a totem pole. It was either a living tree with the top cut off and the trunk fashioned into a certain shape (
Dt. 16:21), or a log fashioned into an idol and set erect in the ground (1Ki. 14:15; 16:33; Isa. 17:8). Though usually made of wood (Judg. 6:26), it was perhaps in some cases made of stone. Such poles could be cut down (Ex. 34:13), plucked up (Mic. 5:14), burnt (Dt. 12:3), and broken in pieces (2Chr. 34:4). That they were not groves of trees is clear from 2Ki. 17:10, where they are forbidden to be set up under any green tree.
Worshiped as a symbol of the tree of life, the idol came to be associated with procreation. As such, 'Asherah became an object of impure, perverse worship by crowds of devotees involved in demonized, obscene orgies. The worship centered in the Canaanite nations and then spread into other nations. Relics of it are found among all heathen peoples. The first mention of the idol in the Bible stamps it as a special object of God's hatred; it was at this idol that God revealed His name as Jealous (
Ex. 34:13-14; cp. 1Ki. 14:15; 15:13; 16:32-33; 2Chr. 36:14).      [4]

 

 

Jeremiah 7:17–18

17 Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?

18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.

 

·      Astral Worship

o  Worship of the stars and constellations

o  Angel Worship

§  Christianity – should only believe what the Holy Scriptures say – that Angels and Humans are two different classes of creation and that the two can never be the same.  (Psalm 8:5;  1 Cor. 6:3; Heb.1:14; Matt 22:30) [5]

§  Judaism – do not believe humans were ever Angels and vice versa – two different classes of creation.

§  Islam – agree with the Holy Scriptures in this

§  Mormonism – DO believe humans can become Angels if they lead holy enough lives.

Mormon Theology:   They believe that the Book of Mormon was dictated by the angel Moroni, who was once a human being but became an angel after he died. Adam, is now the archangel Michael and that the biblical prophet Noah who built the famous ark is now the archangel Gabriel.   [6]

 

§  Buddhism – also believes humans can become Angelic beings, or like Angels.

§  Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) had a pivotal role in bringing about a changed view of heaven, including the idea that angels are humans who have died and gone on to heaven, rather than a separate race of pre-created beings as mainstream Christianity holds.  [7]

 

5 Then he removed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense on the high places in the cities of Judah and in the places all around Jerusalem, and those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to all the host of heaven.

6 And he brought out the wooden image from the house of the Lord, to the Brook Kidron outside Jerusalem, burned it at the Brook Kidron and ground it to ashes, and threw its ashes on the graves of the common people.

7 Then he tore down the ritual booths of the perverted persons that were in the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the wooden image.

·     Purging the House of the Lord

o  Prostitutes and Sodomites – male and female

§  i. קָדֵשׁ S6945, 6946, 6948 TWOT1990c, 1990e GK7728, 7729 n.m. temple-prostitute (man) (cf. RS ii, N. 19, and v. Assyrian sub √);—ק׳ Dt 23:18; coll. 1 K 14:24; 22:47; pl. קְדֵשִׁים 15:2 2 K 23:7; Jb 36:14; also f. קְדֵשָׁה (woman) Dt 23:18; pl. קְדֵשׁוֹת Ho 4:14; = harlot, fs. Gn 38:21(), 22 (J).    [8]

o  No other gods

o  No idols

§  Buddha statues – Natural Cafe

o  No symbols

 

·     Take them out of your house – break and burn them!

o  The Mirror from Brazil in our house.

 

Deuteronomy 7:25–26

25 You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire;
you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them,
nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it;
for it is an abomination to the Lord your God.

26 Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house,
lest you be doomed to destruction like it.
You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it,
for it is an accursed thing.

 

8 And he brought all the priests from the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba; also he broke down the high places at the gates which were at the entrance of the Gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were to the left of the city gate.

9 Nevertheless the priests of the high places did not come up to the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, but they ate unleavened bread among their brethren.

10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire to Molech.

 

 

 

 

11 Then he removed the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun, at the entrance to the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathan-Melech, the officer who was in the court; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire.

12 The altars that were on the roof, the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord, the king broke down and pulverized there, and threw their dust into the Brook Kidron.

13 Then the king defiled the high places that were east of Jerusalem, which were on the south of the Mount of Corruption, which Solomon king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the people of Ammon.

14 And he broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images, and filled their places with the bones of men.

15 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he broke down; and he burned the high place and crushed it to powder, and burned the wooden image.

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.’ ”

 

16 As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs that were there on the mountain. And he sent and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar, and defiled it according to the word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.

17 Then he said, “What gravestone is this that I see?” So the men of the city told him, “It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things which you have done against the altar of Bethel.”

18 And he said, “Let him alone; let no one move his bones.” So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria.

·      The very Prophet who prophesied Josiah’s coming about 190 years earlier!

 

19 Now Josiah also took away all the shrines of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the Lord to anger; and he did to them according to all the deeds he had done in Bethel.

20 He executed all the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars, and burned men’s bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem.

 

Time to actually obey the Word of God you have heard!

21 Then the king commanded all the people, saying, “Keep the Passover to the Lord your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant.”

22 Such a Passover surely had never been held since the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah.

23 But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah this Passover was held before the Lord in Jerusalem.  (Josiah is 26 years old)

24 Moreover Josiah put away those who consulted mediums and spiritists, the household gods and idols, all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord.

·      Is it harmless to read the Horoscope?

·      Is it harmless to use the Ouija Board or Tarot cards?

·      Is it harmless to watch the Horror movies at the theatre?

·      Is it harmless to have your palm read, Spiritist readings?

o  God says they are all ABOMINATIONS TO HIM!

§  Time to purge your life and your house!

 

25 Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him.

26 Nevertheless the Lord did not turn from the fierceness of His great wrath, with which His anger was aroused against Judah, because of all the provocations with which Manasseh had provoked Him.

27 And the Lord said, “I will also remove Judah from My sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, ‘My name shall be there.’ ”

28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

29 In his days Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went to the aid of the king of Assyria, to the River Euphrates; and King Josiah went against him. And Pharaoh Necho killed him at Megiddo when he confronted him.

30 Then his servants moved his body in a chariot from Megiddo, brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, anointed him, and made him king in his father’s place.

Josiah was a brave young man that fought with the Devil and those that follow the Devil for all of his life.

·      Legacy of faithfulness.

·      Legacy of loving God’s Word.

·      Legacy of commanding his house to be pure.

 



[1] James Strong, Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon (Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1995).

[2] https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/baxter_mary/WitW/WitW25_Huldah.cfm

[3] Stelman Smith and Judson Cornwall, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos, 1998), 23–24.

[4] Dake's Annotated Reference Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments of the Authorized or King James Version Text.

[5] https://billygraham.org/answer/do-we-become-angels-when-we-die-and-go-to-heaven/

[6] https://www.thoughtco.com/can-people-become-angels-124017

[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Swedenborg
Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. In 1741, at 53, he entered into a spiritual phase in which he began to experience dreams and visions, beginning on Easter Weekend, on 6 April 1744. It culminated in a 'spiritual awakening' in which he received a revelation that he was appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ to write The Heavenly Doctrine to reform Christianity.  According to The Heavenly Doctrine, the Lord had opened Swedenborg's spiritual eyes so that from then on, he could freely visit heaven and hell and talk with angels, demons and other spirits and the Last Judgment had already occurred the year before, in 1757.  For the last 28 years of his life, Swedenborg wrote 18 published theological works—and several more that were unpublished. He termed himself a "Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ" in True Christian Religion, which he published himself.  Some followers of The Heavenly Doctrine believe that of his theological works, only those that were published by Swedenborg himself are fully divinely inspired.

 

[8]  Francis Brown, Samuel Rolles Driver, and Charles Augustus Briggs, Enhanced Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977), 873.