Text: 2 Kings 22-25; Psalm 91
These closing chapters of 2 Kings chronicle the sad demise of Judah and the destruction of Jerusalem as the Lord brings judgment by the hand of Babylon. One bright spot is the reign of Josiah (2 Kings 22-23). The Scriptures are discovered and read, and the king is convicted of the sins of his people, tears his clothes and instructs the priest and his advisors to inquire of the Lord. When he gives his instructions, he speaks these words.
“Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and 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 kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”
Notice how he speaks of the Lord’s wrath as a current, living thing. Yet the Law he is reading is nine centuries old at this point. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that “the word of God is living and active…” It is not old and dusty, it is current and relevant. The Lord speaks truth into our hearts and lives every time we engage His Word. Our God is alive, and so is His Word. The Word can awaken, strengthen, excite and provoke God’s people.
“Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)
There is so much in our culture that is broken, so much that is wrong. May we turn to the Word, speak the Word, rest on the Word, and be moved to action by the Word.
in Him, Mike