2 Chronicles Chapter 35

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2 Chronicles 35

1 Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the Lord in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.

And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them to the service of the house of the Lord,

And said unto the Levites that taught all Israel, which were holy unto the Lord, Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build; it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders: serve now the Lord your God, and his people Israel,

And prepare yourselves by the houses of your fathers, after your courses, according to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the writing of Solomon his son.

And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the people, and after the division of the families of the Levites.

So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.

And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were of the king’s substance.

And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.

Conaniah also, and Shemaiah and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jeiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover offerings five thousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen.

10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites in their courses, according to the king’s commandment.

11 And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.

12 And they removed the burnt offerings, that they might give according to the divisions of the families of the people, to offer unto the Lord, as it is written in the book of Moses. And so did they with the oxen.

13 And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: but the other holy offerings sod they in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all the people.

14 And afterward they made ready for themselves, and for the priests: because the priests the sons of Aaron were busied in offering of burnt offerings and the fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared for themselves, and for the priests the sons of Aaron.

15 And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place, according to the commandment of David, and Asaph, and Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s seer; and the porters waited at every gate; they might not depart from their service; for their brethren the Levites prepared for them.

16 So all the service of the Lord was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar of the Lord, according to the commandment of king Josiah.

17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.

18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.

20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.

21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.

24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died, and was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah.

25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.

26 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and his goodness, according to that which was written in the law of the Lord,

27 And his deeds, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.

32 thoughts on “2 Chronicles Chapter 35

  1. 22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

    One disobedient act is all it takes to bring destruction. Just one. Ask Adam and Eve. We cannot allow for any seed of the enemy to survive in us. All it takes is one moment, one action, one disgrace to destroy our temple.

  2. The first few verses tell how Josiah encouraged and commanded preparation for worship, much like pastor does. We must prepare at home to come to the house of the Lord so our worship will be fitting to God. The church today needs services today that each one would be better than the last (like none before). We as saints must prepare through prayer, fasting and reading the Word.

  3. 22. Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face
    from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

    Anytime our will rises up and we hearken unto it and not to the voice and will of God then death is bound to happen. Also sometimes God speaks to us from an unexpected person/place but we should try the Spirit and not just ignore or assume that it is not of God. If there is any doubt then pray, seek God, and counsel from godly influences.

  4. Do no insist in fighting battles that don’t belong to you.

    20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.

    21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

    22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

    A moment of disobedience takes you to death after years of serving and doing what God says. Just one moment brings death unto your life.

  5. ILove to spend time with Jesus

    He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. (Proverbs 26:17 KJV)

    Josiah was not in the will if God. He was fighting a battle that did not belong to him.

    Lord, help us to not get involved in a matter where you have not gone in before us.

  6. v21″ For GOD commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with GOD, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.”
    v22″ Nevertheless Josiah would not turn hid face from him”

    Change for some might not come easy. Josiah did not change his mind in meddling in GOD’S affairs. He failed in spiritual discernment and suffered the consequences of his tragic death.
    LORD willing next month the POFW will be faced with CHANGE. One must accept, participate and not depart from their place of service unto the LORD.
    GOD IS DOING A WORK. Rejecting the LORD’S commandments could cause someone spiritual death. One must make haste and hearken unto the words of the LORD that comes from our leadership
    our Pastor. We need each other and as we move forward in faith and obedience we show our love for GOD and our love for souls. Everything around us might fail but HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS.
    “HE REMAINS FAITHFUL AND TRUE”
    Rev.19:-11
    Because HE gave HIS precious Blood on Valvary we now have the privilege of standing redeemed, sanctified by HIS SPIRIT
    and filled with HIS Power. As we excitedly wait for HIS return!
    ” Thou art worthy, O LORD, to receive glory and honor and power.” Rev.4:11
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  7. 21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

    22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

    Josiah did all the right things. He reinstituted the passover, put the ark where it was supposed to be, and he got the people sacrifcing.

    Many would have thought that Josiah was close to God. However, Josiah demonstrates in this text that we can talk the talk, but he isnt walking the walk.

    Had Josiah been sensitive to The Lord, he would have known that it was God’s will for him to not fight against Necho. Yet, he only had the outward appearance of relationship, and not the inward. The arrow revealed his fatal mistake.

    The Bible says that the adversay shoots flaming arrows at us that we can quench with the shield of faith. These arrows are hate filled evil thoughts that try to distract us, and challenge our faith.

    Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
    The closer you are, and the more you hear, the more faith that you will have.

    Challenges, and adversity reveal what is within. A prepared heart causes a light to shine that the world can see, and be drawn to Jesus.

    “Let your light so shine before Men that they may see your good works, and magnify our Father which is in heaven”

    1 Corinthians 3:13
    Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

  8. It Only Takes One Act

    Vs. 20 -24

    What a sad ending to a beautiful life that was lived for the Lord and before the people. All because of one act of disobedience and not listening to the voice of reason, King Josiah lost his life.

    Remember, it only takes one act of sin to lose out with God.

    The scripture that came to my mind this morning as I read this was James 4:17, ” Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. “

  9. Disobedient……….
    Disobedient will you get nothing but heartache and pain. When we disobey we are hurting ourselves not only that we are out from under the covering and anointing of our pastor. You may ask do we have to obey our pastor this scripture says it all.

    Hebrews 13:17
    Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”

    Our children are also watching how we obey the ones that has rule over us. So be careful what you do and say around your children and other people.

  10. WOUNDED IN AN UNNECESSARY BATTLE

    20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.

    I have been witness to it for years following our greatest Spiritual moments are birthed the greatest opportunities for a carnal battle. Josiah had accomplished so much in his young life. It was a WORSHIP service like none since Samuel, a time of dedication, comitment and rejoicing and the bible says (20 After all this,).

    Josiah leave it alone, enjoy your victory, allow GOD to be GOD. Grant GOD his passage, allow him to use others without becoming jealous or combative.

    JOSIAH’S FATAL MISTAKE

    21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

    JOSIAH FAILED TO PRAY ABOUT THE BATTLE!

    Surely if GOD spoke to Necho he would speak to Josiah. Too often the fatal mistake of failing to pray is made by people who attempt to live on yesterday’s manna, “word from GOD”. Following a watermark spiritual event comes the temptation to live on yesterday’s blessing. This attitude and thought process is very dangerous, it will cause you to engage in AN UNNECESSARY BATTLE, assume an identity that is not truly you, such as Josiah did;

    22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself,

    IF THERE IS NO SPOIL, THERE IS NO NEED TO FIGHT.

    We MUST prayerfully choose our battles to ensure they are the battles that GOD is in for us and not against us. By faithfully praying every day, especially following a powerful, life changing worship we will avoid being WOUNDED IN AN UNNECESSARY BATTLE.

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  11. This chapter illustrates listen. Josiah held a great Passover; “And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet”. After all this, and although Josiah did hear what thus saith the Lord through Necho to stay from the battle, he did not listen and as such it cost him everything. One may do something great, however if one is not prepared to listen to what thus saith the Lord, it may cost one everything. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  12. Nineveh, the Assyrian captial, had been destroyed three years earlier by the Babylonians. The defeated Assyrians regrouped at Haran and Carchemish, but Babylon sent its army to destroy them once and for all. Pharaoh Neco, who wanted to make Egypt a world power, was worried about Babylon’s growing strength, so he marched his army north through Judah to help the Assyrians at Carchemish. King Josiah of Judah tried to prevent Neco from passing through his land on his way to Carchemish. Josiah was killed, and Judah became subject to Egypt. Neco went on to Carchemish and held off the Babylonians for four years, but in 605 he was soundly defeated, and Babylon moved into the spotlight as the dominant world power.

    Josiah ignored Neco’s message because of who Neco was (king of a pagan nation). The mistaken assumption that Neco could not be part of God’s larger plan cost Josiah his life. While not everyone who claims to have a message from God really does, God’s message may come in unexpected ways. God had spoken to pagan kings in the past. We don’t need to let prejudice or false assumptions blind us to God’s message.

  13. Thank God for the blood…

    How big would church’s need to be today for sin sacrifices? Imagine how much space was needed for this Passover.
    Lambs – 30,000
    Bulls – 3,000
    Small cattle – 2,600
    Oxen – 300
    From what I can find, the Fort Worth Stockyards can only accommodate 15,000 head of livestock. So, this celebration would take twice as much space. Imagine the work/effort it took to process that many animals. What a mess there would be during the preparation. However, Jesus became the sacrifice for our sin. We no longer need to bring animals to atone for our sins. It might help people today to realize the cost of sin if we still had a measure of accountability.

    While we understand today, the price Jesus paid for our sin, the accountability or actual cost of our deeds can sometimes seem trivial in the moment. When we reflect on our actions – hopefully – we are convicted and resolve to do better. However, if we were to witness a sacrifice as mentioned here, in accordance to our individual sin, it might not be so easy to forget the cost of sin in our daily lives.

  14. 1 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

    22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

    23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.

    Josiah stepped out of his place and went into the battle disguised so that he could fight against the king of Egypt. Word came to him that the king of Egypt was commanded by God to make haste, and instructed Josiah to go home but he did not listen. He was wounded and died.

    Sometimes God sends those into our lives to forbear against us. He is testing our heart, our trust and our obedience. Everything that comes against us is not from the devil and sometimes we are fighting against ourselves and God, instead of for God. We must sharpen our spirituality and discernment to know when to speak and when to be quiet, when to fight and when to be still and let God arise and our enemies be scatttered. There is a time for everything and we must learn God’s timing in our lives so that we don’t meddle in God’s business and end of wounded or worse death in a battle that wasn’t meant for us to fight.

  15. When Burden turns to Serving

    Vs 3 MSG
    He also told the Levites who were in charge of teaching and guiding Israel in all matters of worship (they were especially consecrated for this), “Place the sacred Chest in The Temple that Solomon son of David, the king of Israel, built. You don’t have to carry it around on your shoulders any longer! Serve God and God’s people Israel

    Just a thought…. is there a place in worship where it would not be a burden or push into the holy of holies? Where the church people have been instructed how to worship and are NOW putting it into action from their pure hearts and the ministers can NOW focus on serving the people. When worship service is not a burden or a struggle it’s easy to create an atmosphere for the Glory of God to come, and then and only then can needs be met, chains be broken, and yokes destroyed. In this type of atmosphere Now God’s people can be impacted and made complete. Ministry means serving people and pointing them to Christ so they can regain that which was lost, communion with The Lord.
    This verse has opened my understanding in a new way of just how vital the “attitude” of worship is. It’s a HEART condition! When our heart is pure and desires to serve God’s people we will enter his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise. We will come in with high praise, high faith and a rich anointing. Attitude of worship and a heart of serving is the turning point when burden turns to serving and we fulfill our mission Impacting lives to change to World!

    And the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and all their sons and brothers—were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the LORD with these words:
    “He is good!
    His faithful love endures forever!”
    At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the LORD. The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple of God. (2 Chronicles 5:12-14 NLT)

  16. 21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.

    22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

    23 And the archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
    The LORD will speak through someone/thing just to speak to you…..are you alert (spirtually) and ready to hear Him speaking unto you? Are your ears so cluttered with junk? As Christians we need to be in tuned the Spirit of God. This protects us from being deceived by self and others. So let’s be obedient to the voice of God that we may live and not die!

  17. Reflections

    18 And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

    The Passover was a time of remembrance of, or reflection upon, what God has done:

    Exodus 12:26-27 “26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.”

    This time seemed especially significant to Josiah:

    2 Chronicles 34:26-38 “26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the Lord, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard; 27 Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith theLord. 28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again.”

    You don’t know like I know what He’s done for me… It seemed as Josiah reflected upon what God had done both for Israel and himself personally, his heart was prepared to reflect the goodness of God back to Him in the form of praise and worship. Our hearts are like mirrors: when they are polished and clean, they can do an great job of reflecting God back to Him and out to others; but if they are dirty and grimy, they will reflect very little if anything at all. A heart tender and consecrated to God is a heart that He can clean and polish however He sees fit; it does not resist conviction, does not resist submitting to the will and ways of God…

    One way for us to participate in daily cleaning is for daily reflection (remembrance) of what God has done. An attitude of gratitude can cut right through the mess of distress springing up from unthankfulness and lack of perspective. This prepares us for the other sort of reflection (showing God back to Him in praise and worship and revealing Him to others.)

    It’s kinda like what Pastor preached Sunday night, after we come to that wide place, that’s the time to build an altar. An altar of remembrance, an altar of praise and worship, an altar of witness of what God has done.

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  18. Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

    One bad apple spoiled the tree… Wow! So many good things that king Josiah did and the moment he chose not to hearken to the words of God distruction came upon him.
    It is always a choice a decision. God always wants the best for us, but we have a free will to choose to live or die. Let’s dedicate and surrender our lives to God’s will. Let’s make it a daily thing. Surrender to His will daily; thy Kingdom come and thy will be done.

    In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Prvb 3:6

  19. Josiah chose to ignore the warning through “the mouth of God” Necho by meddling into a war he had no buisness in. The same warning was given to Amaziah by king Jehoash:2Ki 14:10“You have indeed defeated Edom, and you are very proud of it. But be content with your victory and stay at home! Why stir up trouble that will only bring disaster on you and the people of Judah?” Josiah now has influene of all Israel and Judah, so this will be a much bigger thump when he falls. Josiah wasnt looking at God, God’s will, seeking God’s council, he was still in ‘celebratory’ ‘victory’ mode, unfortunately he was focusing on ‘self’ for vs 22 says “Josiah would not turn his face from him (Necho)” for ‘he’ was angry, possibly that God would use an Egyptian pharroh, but had Josiah consulted God, God may have reminded him that once he used a donkey and a spiritist man named Balaam to speak Gods word in Numbers 22:21-38. God can use anyone he so choses, in fact he was intending to kill two birds with one stone, take down ‘Babylon, at Egpyt’s expense’ or ‘pagans with a carnal people’ but….Josiah looked at himself instead of God.In Isaiah12:13-15 God speaks of how Lucifer too relyed in and focused on himself as well. He was an angel of praise, Josiah was in a ‘praise party’ faze so it doesnt surprise me that the 1st sinner learned from his sin, how to take down others on the same pathway. A stiff necked people in the time of Moses decided that they were going to take over the promised land too without heeding the man of Gods warning not to go without Gods blessing and spirit with them. Instead they too went off to war and where defeated. We cannot take off to war against Gods will, and without God, for we too will die. Originally it was Eve and Adam who went agaist Gods command and paid the price, they too covered themselves to cover their shame, this was a counterfiet covering, once we step out of Gods covering we take on the worlds mentality that a fig leave, or disguise will save us in battle or sin. Only attonment and repentance will save, unfortunately Josiah didnt get that chance. Ahab also looked to the world for covering in battle and disguised himself in battle with Jehosaphat in 1King 22, and too was killed by a flying arrow, had they relied on/stayed under the covering of the Lord they would have securely known “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day” Ps 91:5. Disguising or covering ourselves up with a worldly mentality before any battle in life will end in defeat. The only covering that we need in this life will be the Lord and those he has appointed over us. When we step out of line we face ourselves against God and enemies of Him, this is a cursed place to be. Stay under the covering, stay in the annointing.

  20. In this scripture, there is much to mention and take notice, such as; preparation, placement, sanctification, sacrifice. Are we in place were we should be? Are we truly sanctifying ourselves and making sacrifices? Thank you Jesus for being the ultimate sacrifice. We with his blood have the right to become children of God, and we can access throne room and go behind the veil that he has torn from top to bottom.

    “Be Church”…iwork…igive…ipray…ireap….
    Stay the course..Stay On Board..Keep the faith.

  21. Josiah did great things in the land for God. Restoring prayer and sacrifice.However He may have acted too quickly when he went against King Necho. The king told Him that God was on his side but No where does it say that Josiah petitioned God before stepping out. Maybe Josiah got to big of a head because of what he had done and just assumed God would be for him.Lets not assume anything but seek God in all we do because some one else may have petitioed God before hand . If we do not pray will God answer? Someone else may have prayed for just the opposite and was answered. And He will keep His promise.

  22. 20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him.
    21 But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
    22 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of Megiddo.

    What would happen if we got so close to our promise , and then through it away? Josiah did what he was suppose to do until the very end. I am reminded in Matt.7:21-23,” 21 Not every one that saith unto me , Lord ,Lord , shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” If Josiah would have only listened, he might have lived longer. God is not to blame for things,because when we put our fleshly hands in the clay, we push God’s hands out. I pray that we would keep our hands out of the clay and allow God to work in our lives.

  23. 7 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were of the king’s substance.
    8 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.

    The vision is caught

    Pastor has a vision… To reach this whole region. Some of the lay have somewhat caught this vision, but how many have really caught it?? Week after week few show for outreach. Week after week, pastor pours out his soul to reach us during services, and provoke us to reach others. The king knew the only way some would give is to give them the animals to sacrifice. Pastor knows that many are not going to give their best, so he tries to provide us with incentives, telling us about his blessings, and how he has beenblessed. As long as we have to be led around like a dog on a leash, we lack the vision that he is continually trying to convey, not only for us to be blessed, but also to reach souls….

  24. Josiah did mant great things but he also paid a great price for a bad discussion.

    We can learn from him that obedience is key at all times not just most of the time. Like the old songs sats “99 and a half wont do Lord im running trying to make 100 and 99 and a half wont do”

  25. There was an incredible amount of work to do to be prepared for this passover. This had not been done is so long, that the priests and Levites all had to pitch in and really work to see it all accomplished by evening. But the Lord had given them a mind to work and to do his will.

    We today face a new task in our church- growth! God has also given us a mind to work and we have a mighty harvest field before us-our city! With this mindset to work, unity and God leading the way-those that labor will have a season of great rejoicing when we see how great the harvest is that God has ordained!

  26. Josiah had it made then he messed up. How many times in our lives do we do the same thing. I pray that we all see how blessed we are and keep on being blessed by obedience.

  27. The re-establishment of passover because they were leaving it out. It is always important to remember the miracles God brings you through. Not only were they remembering how God kept them safe from the plegues, but also how he took them out of bondage when they could not free themselves. Even still they were celebrating the the riches and other blessing bestowed upon them before they left on their journey.

  28. it’s sad to see the end of Josiah in verse 24. He disobeyed God and as a result lost his life. Sadly to obey once is not enough you have to continually obey God and follow him and Josiah did not realize this. To serve God as a leader is to constantly give up your will and desires for the will of God. If you do that God will bless you and your ministry.

  29. 7 And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were of the king’s substance.

    8 And his princes gave willingly unto the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the passover offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle and three hundred oxen.

    Remember the example we should be towards the things of God. The gave and others followed suit.

  30. Josiah obeyed the Lord until the end he disguised himself to attack against the Egyptians and was killed. Josiah was cursed when he disobeyed God.

    It wasn’t easy for Josiah to accept what the Egyptian King said, Lord help
    me to accept the things that I can’t change and wisdom to know the difference.

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