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Section 12 Case of king Josiah

Section 12 Case of king Josiah

Activity of King Hezekiah merits stopping on it more in detail. It has cancelled heights, has broken statues, has cut down an oak grove and has exterminated the brazen serpent which was made by Moses: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and called it Nehushtan, 2Ki.18:4. All these things which have cancelled and have broken Hezekiah, were considered necessary in worship service of Jews. Many of them could be terrified, seeing as the king destroys their relics. But before the God all these, so-called, sacred places and "relics" were nasty thing. All these things happened in the past and are described, for examples for us, 1Cor.10:11. Difficulty consists, however, that many modern believers do not see in these actions of Hezekiah for themselves any example. Meanwhile and today among believers meets a lot of such of what should, not reflecting to refuse. Set of the customs existing today in our communities, or are borrowed from once living Pharisees, or are worldly, and even pagan. In the same way, as it was in an antiquity, these customs are carefully protected by modern ministers. We will continue conversation on it when in our travel on Bible pages we will reach of king Josiah whom even more then king Hezekiah tried to get rid of all objectionable to the God.

King Hezekiah reigned 29 years, 2Ki.18:2, that is to 3436th year (3407 + 29) then his son the Manasseh began to reign, 2Ki.20:21. Time has approached to recollect prophet Isaiah who prophesied in days of Hezekiah, and also in days of Uzziah, Jotham and Ahaz, Is.1:1. The beginning of life of Isaiah is fells in reign of king Uzziah. Isaiah it is sent by the Lord to preach in a year of death of king Uzziah, Is.6:1-9. From now on begins prophesy of Isaiah. By time of death of king Uzziah, by prophet Isaiah the first 5 chapters of his book are written only. Thus, prophesy of Isaiah actually proceeded at Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. The first of these kings, Jotham, reigned 16 years, 2Ki.15:33. Ahaz, son of Jotham, reigned also 16 years, 2Ki.16:2. Hezekiah reigned 29 years, 2Ki.18:2. Time of reign of all these kings occupies 61 years (16 + 16 + 29). True, to this time, it is necessary to add one year not taken into account by us, between death of king Uzziah and the beginning of reign of Jotham, as Jotham has started to reign only in the second year after death of king Uzziah (compare 2Ki.15:32 and 2Ki.15:27). So, Isaiah prophesied within 57 years, since a year of death of Uzziah which was in 3378th year (3301 + 26 + 51) and finishing of death of Hezekiah later 57 years, i.e. in 3435th year (3378 + 57).

Let's continue our table (which it is meanwhile made, certainly, in years from Adam creation). Son of Hezekiah, the Manasseh, reigned 50 years, 2Ki.21:1, then 2 years reigned his son Amon, 2Ki.21:19. After Amon began to reign his son Josiah and reigned 31 year, 2Ki.22:1, to 3518th year (3435 + 50 + 2 + 31). This is about him are told following kind words in the Bible: And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left , 2Ki.22:2. Josiah has begun with repair of house of the Lord, 2Ki.22:5. During this repair work the book of the Law has been found in the Temple, 2Ki.22:8. Certainly, the thought is strange, that this book of the Law (that is the Law of Moses) has been found. After all it means, that it was for a long time already forgotten and that it for a long time already nobody was read. Here I wish to come back to a theme mentioned by us in connection with activity of king Hezekiah and to talk about the usages existing for today in some communities. Despite many years which have passed since times of Hezekiah and Josiah, usages in modern communities very much remind that far time. I had to happen at numerous, so-called, brotherly meetings. Distinctive line of all these meetings was that their participants only in rare instances recollected this or that rule of the Bible, or commandment of the Lord. Basically spoke and referred only to own decisions accepted by them at this or that meeting. In the same case if they follow the rules described in the Bible, they fulfill those from them which have been accepted in due time by Pharisees and other negative religious currents. I will refer to Acts.4:1-3 where apostles for the preaching to the people have been detained by Sadducees and chiefs of guards. Then the detained apostles were interrogated by Anna and Caiaphas, Acts.4:6, those, that earlier interrogated Jesus. Further we read: when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying: What shall we do to these men? Acts.4:15. Custom to send for a door of on whom argue, has been accepted by Sadducees of that time, however widely practices and now by modern ministers the Christian communities. However there is also other way to act in such cases. It is specified by apostle Paul: Them that sin rebuke before all , that others also may fear, 1Tim.5:20. Modern ministers say what to rebuke before all it is possible supposedly only for bishops or presbyters (and only them that are ministers). Timothy was a bishop; therefore the given place of the Scripture concerns only him. Unfortunately, the given place of the Scripture is broken not out of ignorance, but is conscious. So, recently it was necessary to hear the preaching of one minister in which he said, that Apostle Paul was wrong, exposing Peter before all (see Galatians, 2:14); and claimed that should to take Apostle Peter aside and to rebuke not before all, but only his one.

If such "sermon" was individual about it is possible and to keep silent, but it is a question of the worker who is admitted to a management in communities and driving about on all country and even abroad with the preaching. On the whole I mention here widespread lacks, instead of single instances. Much of this, that is preached today, has the big defects. For example, the theme about travails of the Christ very necessary, but is deformed also it. One of places often mentioned according this theme is taken from 53 heads of the book of prophet Isaiah: He (i.e. Jesus) has no form nor comeliness , Is.52:3. Here the ecclesiast starts to explain, that the form was not because the Christ supposedly was born such unattractive and ugly. But after all, an essence of those words is absolutely in other. Isaiah says, that his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of man , Is.52:14. That is the face of the Christ and its form has been disfigured by people who abused of him and beat Him on the face, but at all not because the Christ was that since a birth. Therefore also it is written: You are the fairest of the sons of men , the Psalm 45:2. These words are about the Christ.

When before king of Josiah the book of the Law that found in house of the Lord has been read, 2Ki.22:10 the king has begun to cry and has torn apart the clothes, 2Ki.22:19 because has seen that pity estate to which have finished the House the God's and all people. Further actions of the king were very resolute: he has ordered to collect all people and has read them all book found in the Temple, 2Ki.23:2. After words the king has immediately to turn to actions: he has commanded to take out from the Temple all things made for idol of the Baal and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven, 2Ki.23:4. Presently also there are things which need to be taken out from a temple, to take out from Church, 1Cor.3:16.



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