Let’s continue today to see a little more of the big picture of what God was doing in the world in preparation for the outworking of His overall plan to redeem those willing to receive His salvation. Moses had poured out his heart in a passionate plea to the people of Israel before they entered the land God had promised them in Deuteronomy chapters 29 and 30. Read them if you have time. Note his final appeal: “Choose life!”, because he had clearly set out the alternative. So, what happened?
Following Moses’ death, they crossed the River Jordan, conquered Canaan, built cities, grew strong and prosperous, and promptly forgot about God. The nation split into two, invaders came, Jerusalem fell under seige, and the horror scenes Moses had foretold, including parents eating their own children in desperation, became a part of history. Once again God intervened with miraculous deliverance, giving his people another opportunity. Two kings later the child-king Josiah had the nostalgic idea to repair God’s temple that had fallen into disrepair and renew some of the old religious ceremonies. By now God’s holy city had sunk to historic lows. The temple contained idols, male shrine prostitutes, and carved horses dedicated to sun worshippers. In a nearby valley, people burned their children in sacrifice to the god Molech. All the sacred records had been forgotten; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Moses, was a distant memory. But rummaging through the rubble, the high priest found the “Book of the Covenant” that contained portions of the book of Deuteronomy.
Again a long passage in 2 Kings chapters 22 and 23 tells the story of the dramatic revival that followed. The king wept and tore his clothes, and ordered that Moses’ law be restored in the nation. Josiah called the whole nation together and celebrated the Passover. Moses may not have made it into the promised land, but his spirit lived on, bringing renewed faith and hope, and literal salvation to the descendants of those he led as far as the border.
We’ll leave it there for today and encourage ourselves with the God who never gives up on us even when we are foolish enough to wander away from Him. Praise His Name!
And we help each other when we pray. Let’s pray today especially for
those who came regularly to Here 4 You when it was open,
Tracey, Melanie, Chris, Mikala & family