Day 241 | King Josiah is 8 years old when he begins leading the people in Jerusalem | 1 Corinthians 2: We are servants to the Lord
Day 241 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. King Josiah is 8 years old when he begins leading the people in Jerusalem. 1 Corinth 2: We are servants to the Lord.
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2 Chronicles 33:21-24
2 Chronicles 34
2 Chronicles 35:1-19
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
2 Corinthians 3:1-6
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2 Chronicles 33:21-24
Amon, King of Judah
21 Amon was 22 years old when he became king of Judah. He was king for two years in Jerusalem. 22 Amon did what the LORD says is evil, just as his father Manasseh had done. Amon offered sacrifices to the carved idols and statues that his father Manasseh had made. Amon worshipped those idols. 23 Manasseh was sorry for what he had done. But Amon was not like his father. He refused to obey the LORD. So Amon sinned more and more. 24 His own servants made plans to kill him. And they killed Amon in his own house. 25 The people of Ju- dah killed all the officers who had made plans against King Amon. Then the people made Amon’s son Josiah the new king after him.
2 Chronicles 34
Josiah, King of Judah
Josiah was eight years old when he began to rule. He ruled for 31 years in Jerusalem. 2 He lived in a
way that pleased the LORD, always do- ing what was right, as his ancestor David had done. Josiah never changed this way of life. 3 When Josiah was in his eighth year as king, he began to follow the God worshipped by David his ancestor. He was still young then. When he was in his twelfth year as king, he began to destroy the places for idol worship, the Asherah poles, the carved idols and the idols that were made from molds. 4 As Josiah watched, the people broke down the altars for the Baal gods. Then he cut down the incense altars that stood high above the people. He broke the idols that were carved and the idols that were made from molds. He beat the idols into powder and sprinkled the powder on the graves of the people who had of-
fered sacrifices to the Baal gods. 5 Josiah even burned the bones of the priests who had served the Baal gods on their own al- tars. This is how he destroyed idols and idol worship from Judah and Jerusalem. 6 Josiah did the same for the towns in the areas of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon and as far as Naphtali. He did the same for the ruins near all these towns.* 7 Josiah broke down the altars and the Asherah poles and beat the idols into powder. He cut down all the incense altars used for Baal worship throughout the land of Israel. Then he went back to Jerusalem.
8 When Josiah was in his eighteenth year as king of Judah, he continued his work of purifying the land and the Temple. He sent Shaphan, Maaseiah and Joah to rebuild and repair the Temple of the LORD his God. Shaphan was the son of Azaliah. Maaseiah was the city leader. Joah, who was the son of Joahaz, wrote about what happened.
9 These men came to Hilkiah the high priest. They gave him the money that the people gave for God’s Temple. This is the money that the Levite doorkeepers collected from the people of Manasseh, Ephraim and from all the Israelites who were left. They also collected this money from the people living in Judah, Benjamin and Jerusalem. 10 Then the Levites paid the men who were in charge of the work on the LORD’s Temple. And these men paid the workers who repaired the Temple. 11 They gave the money to carpenters and builders to buy large rocks that were already cut, and to buy wood. The wood was used to rebuild the buildings and to make beams for the buildings. In the past the kings of Judah did not take care of the Temple buildings. The buildings had become old and ruined. 12–13 The men worked faithfully.
Their supervisors were Jahath and Obadiah. Jahath and Obadiah were Levites, and they were descendants of Merari. Other supervisors were Zechariah and Meshullam. They were descendants of Kohath. The Levites who were skilled in playing instruments of music also supervised the laborers and all the other workers. Some Levites worked as secretaries, officials and gatekeepers.
The Book of the Law Found
14 The Levites began bringing out the money that the people had brought to the LORD’s Temple. Before they finished, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the LORD that was given through Moses. 15 Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the LORD’s Temple.” Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. 16 Shaphan brought the book to King Josiah. Shaphan reported to the king, “Your servants are doing everything you told them to do. 17 They got the money that was in the LORD’s Temple and are paying the supervisors and the workers.” 18 Then Shaphan said to King Josiah, “Here’s a book that Hilkiah the priest gave me.” Then Shaphan read from the book in front of the king. 19 When King Josiah heard the words of the law being read, he showed how upset he was by tearing his clothes. 20 Then the king gave a command to Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Abdon son of Micah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the servant. 21 The king said, “Go and ask the LORD what we should do. Ask for me and for the people who are left in Israel and in Judah. Ask about the words in the book that was found. The LORD is very angry with us because our ancestors did not obey the LORD’s word. They did not do everything this book says to do.”
22 Hilkiah and the others the king sent went to the newer part of Jerusalem to talk about what had happened with a woman named Huldah, who was a prophet. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas. Shallum was in charge of the Temple robes. 23 Hul- dah said to them, “This is what the LORD God of Israel says: Tell the man who sent you that 24 this message is from the LORD: ‘I will bring disaster on this place and the people living here. I will bring all the terrible troubles that are described in the book that was read to the king of Judah. 25 I will do this because the people have left me and burned in- cense to other gods. They made me an- gry because of all the idols they have made. So my anger will come down on this place like a fire—a fire that cannot be put out!’
26 “Go back to King Josiah of Judah, who sent you to ask what the LORD wants. Tell him, ‘This is what the LORD God of Israel says about the words you heard being read: 27 Josiah, when you heard my words that apply to this city and its people, you were sorry and humbled yourself before me. You even tore your clothes to show your sorrow and cried before me. Because your heart was tender, I the LORD, have heard you. 28 So I will let you die and be buried in peace. You will not have to see any of the trouble that I will bring on this place and on the people living here.’” This was the message that Hilkiah and the king’s servants brought back to King Josiah.
29 Then King Josiah called for all the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem to come and meet with him. 30 The king went up to the LORD’s Temple. All the people from Judah, the people living in Jerusalem, the priests, the Levites and all the people, both important and not important, were with Josiah. He read to them all the words in the Book of the Agreement. That book was found in the LORD’s Temple. 31 Then the king stood up in his place. He made an agreement with the LORD. He agreed to follow the LORD and to obey his commands, laws and rules. He agreed to obey with all his heart and soul the words of the agreement written in this book. 32 Then Josiah made all the people in Jerusalem and Benjamin promise to accept the agreement. The people of Jerusalem obeyed the agreement of God, the God their ancestors obeyed. 33 In all the areas that belonged to the Israelites, Josiah removed the disgusting idols they had worshipped. He led all the people in Israel to serve the LORD their God. And for as long as Josiah lived, the people continued to serve the LORD, the God of their ancestors.
2 Chronicles 35:1-19
Josiah Celebrates Passover
King Josiah celebrated the Passover festival to honor the LORD in Jerusalem. The Passover lamb was killed on the fourteenth day of the first month. 2 Josiah chose the priests to do their duties and encouraged them while they were serving in the LORD’s Temple. 3 He spoke to the Levites who taught the Israelites and who were made holy for service to the LORD. He said to them, “Put the Holy Box in the Temple that was built by King Solomon son of David of Israel. Don’t carry the Holy Box from place to place on your shoulders again. Now serve the LORD your God and his people Israel. 4 Make yourselves ready for service in the Temple together with your own family groups that share the same duties. Do the jobs that King David and his son King Solomon gave you to do. 5 The people who come to the Temple will need directions from the Levites in their
own family group. So be ready in the Holy Place to help those families you are responsible for. 6 Kill the Passover lambs and make yourselves holy to the Lord. Get ready to help your fellow Israelites. Do everything the LORD commanded us in the laws he gave to Moses.”
7 Josiah gave the Israelites 30,000 sheep and goats to kill for the Passover sacrifices. He also gave 3000 cattle to the people. All these animals were from King Josiah’s own animals. 8 Josiah’s officials also freely gave animals to the people and to the priests and Levites to use for Passover. Hilkiah the high priest, Zechariah and Jehiel were the officials in charge of the Temple. They gave the priests 2600 lambs and goats and 300 bulls for Passover sacrifices. 9 Also Conaniah with Shemaiah and Nethanel, his brothers, and Hashabiah, Jeiel and Jozabad gave 500 sheep and goats and 500 bulls for Passover sacrifices to the Levites. These men were leaders of the Levites.
10 When everything was ready for the Passover service to begin, the priests and Levites went to their places. This is what the king commanded. 11 The Passover lambs were killed. Then the Levites skinned the animals and gave the blood to the priests. The priests splashed the blood on the altar. 12 Then they gave the animals to be used for burnt offerings to the different tribes. This was done so that the burnt offerings could be offered to the LORD the way the Law of Moses taught. And they did the same with the bulls. 13 The Levites roasted the Passover sacrifices over the fire in the way they were commanded. And they boiled the holy offerings in pots, kettles and pans. Then they quickly gave the meat to the people. 14 After this was finished, the Levites got meat for themselves and for the priests who were descendants of Aaron. These priests were kept very busy, working until it got dark. They worked hard burning the burnt offerings and the fat of the sacrifices. 15 The Levite singers were descendants of Asaph. They took their places, following the instructions from King David, Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun the king’s prophet. The gatekeepers at each gate did not have to leave their places because the other Levites made everything ready for them for Passover.
16 So everything was done that day for the worship of the LORD as King Josiah commanded. Passover was celebrated and the burnt offerings were offered on the LORD’s altar. 17 The Israelites who were there celebrated Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18 There had not been a Passover like this since the time of Samuel the prophet! None of the other kings of Israel had ever celebrated a Passover like this one that was ordered by King Josiah. It included all the priests and Levites, the people of Jerusalem, and all the people who were there from Judah and Israel. 19 They celebrated this Passover in Josiah’s eighteenth year as king.
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
God Gives Us Victory Over Troubles
12 I went to Troas to tell people the Good News about Christ. The Lord gave me a good opportunity there. 13 But I had no peace because I did not find my brother Titus. So I said goodbye and went to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God! We who belong to Christ are the captives that he continues to lead in his victory parade. And God is using us to spread the knowledge about Christ everywhere like a sweet-smelling perfume. 15 Our lives are Christ’s sweet-smelling offering to God. The smell of this offering goes out to those who are being saved and to those who are being lost. 16 To those who are being lost, this perfume smells like death, and it brings them death. But to those who are being saved, it has the sweet smell of life, and it brings them life. So who is good enough to do this work? 17 Certainly not those who go around selling God’s message for a profit! But we don’t do that. With Christ’s help we speak God’s truth honestly, knowing that we must answer to him.
2 Corinthians 3:1-6
Servants of God’s New Agreement
Does this sound like we are starting over with a list of our qualifications?
Do we need letters of introduction to you or from you, like some other people? 2 No, you yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts. It is known and read by all people. 3 You show that you are a letter from Christ that he sent through us. This letter is not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God. It is not written on stone tablets* but on human hearts.
4 Christ is the one who makes us sure of this before God. 5 I don’t mean that we think we are able to do anything good ourselves. It is God who makes us able to do all that we do. 6 He made us able to be servants of a new agreement from him- self to his people. It is not an agreement of written laws, but it is of the Spirit. The written law brings death, but the Spirit gives life.
With all my heart I want to praise the LORD!
LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with glory and honor.
2 You wear light like a robe.
You spread out the skies like a curtain.
3 You built your home above them.
You use the thick clouds like a chariot
and ride across the sky on the wings of the wind.
4 You make the winds your messengers
and flames of fire your servants.
5 You built the earth on its foundations, so it can never be moved.
6 You covered it with water like a blanket;
the water even covered the mountains.
7 But you gave the command, and the water turned back.
You shouted at the water, and it rushed away.
8 The water flowed down from the
mountains into the valleys, to the places you made for it.
9 You set the limits for the seas,
and the water will never again rise to cover the earth.
10 Lord, you cause water to flow from
springs into the streams
that flow down between the mountains.
11 The streams provide water for all the wild animals;
even the wild donkeys come there to drink.
12 Wild birds come to live by the pools;
they sing in the branches of nearby trees.
13 You send rain down on the mountains.
The earth gets everything it needs from what you have made.
14 You make the grass for the animals
and the plants for the crops we grow, plants that make food from the earth.
15 You give us the wine that makes us happy,
the oil that makes our skin soft,
and the food that makes us strong.
16 The great cedar trees of Lebanon be- long to the LORD;
he planted them and gives them the water they need.
17 That’s where the birds make their nests,
and the storks live in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are a home for wild goats.
The large rocks are hiding places for rock badgers.
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