Removed from Privilege
II Kings 22-25
II Chronicles 34-36
August 29, 2004
II Kings 22
v. 1 - Josiah - son of a wicked father, Amon & a very wicked
grandfather, Manasseh. Proof that anyone can, through
God, regardless of circumstances choose right, refuse
wrong, and have the character molded in righteousness.
I Cor. 10:13 - "There hath no temptation taken you but such
is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not
suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but
will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it"
v. 2 - Deut. 17:18-20 - "he shall write him a copy"
For around 80 years the Book of the Law either had been
lost or hidden - v. 8 - Hilkiah, the high priest, said "I have
found the book of the law in the house of the Lord"
v. 11 - To Josiah, the book was to him, not "a book of the law"
but "THE BOOK OF THE LAW"
v.13 - A special inquiry
vs. 15-17 - "because they have forsaken me" and this was
unpardonable - the offense - FORSAKING GOD!
"therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place,
and SHALL NOT BE QUENCHED"
Yes, the decree is gone forth, it is too late to avert the
sentence! When a nation persists long in evil-doing,
there comes a time when the sentence cannot be averted.
For such a state of things "there is no remedy" - II
II Chron. 34:24 - "Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will
bring evil upon this place, and the inhabitants
thereof, even all the curses that are written in
the book which they have read before the king
34:19 - "when the king heard the words of the
law, that he rent his clothes" - he did this in grief
that the practice of his nation, had gone so far
from God's will
34:31 - "And the king stood in his place....
and made a covenant before the Lord"
vs. 20-21 - Josiah spared (II Kings 22)
v. 2 - "the king went up into the house of the Lord"-
all ranks of people went with him.
"and he read in their ears all the words of the book
of the covenant"
v. 3 - Renewing the covenant which had been broken
by neglect and pursuit of idolatry.
After such a gross national apostasy, it is only fitting
that there should be a sort of public reparation of the
As the law had been put out of sight, neglected, forgotten,
it is now publicly recited, proclaimed and declared to be
the basis of the national life. The king read "all the words
of the law" and the priests, prophets and people stood
WHAT AMERICA NEEDS TO DO - IT IS THE ONLY
HOPE AND REMEDY - TO RETURN TO THE GOD OF OUR FATHERS!
What Josiah's Reformation involved:
a. Purging of the Temple
b. Banning of idols or burning by fire as
required by the Law - they did this far
enough away so that even the smoke should
not pollute the town and "carried the ashes
of them unto Bethel" - v. 4 - the fount & origin
of all the religious impurities which had over-flowed the
land - that which came from Bethel was taken back.
c. v. 6 - "stamped it small to powder" - intense heat
causes calcination of metals and a small amount
of force will crush them into fine powder - it was
spread over the graves of the children of the people.
(see Jude 7 - Sodom still suffering as an example to the world of "the vengeance of eternal fire" - also see
the web site arkdiscovery.com - and see how calcinated the cites of the plain become - A MUST SEE)
d. v. 7 - "galli" - sodomites in the vicinity of the
house of the Lord - were removed
e. those who had participated in the semi-idolatrous
services were disqualified for temple ministry
f. rolling back Roe v. Wade - v. 10 - Tophet - root
word comes from a drum - valley of Hinnom - a
garbage dump - came to be symbol of hell.
g. horses and chariots - disposed - v. 11
h. defiling of Solomon's high places - mount of
corruption - v. 13
i. v. 14 -
j. v. 16 - matter of the man of God & the prophet
of Samaria - I Kings 13:1-3,31 - being dead still
spoke - Luke 12:5
k. houses of the high places like in v. 15
l. slew the priests of high places - unauthorized
practices - burned men's bones on them
m. The keeping of the Passover - v. 22
n. v. 24 - secret defilement - "that he might
perform the words of the Law"
v. 25 - Faith/Works - Hezekiah's trust, Josiah's actions.
Triple enumeration - includes the whole moral & mental
nature of man, all the energies of his understanding, his
will, and physical vitality - Deut. 6:5
vs. 26-27 - Josiah in all his piety could not obtain a
revocation of the sentence passed on Judah in
consequence of the sins of Manasseh.
THE FATE OF JUDAH WAS FIXED!
The hope only is like the imagery used in Amos 3:12
Hope in God today - Accept His Son Jesus Christ as
the Atonement for your sins.
AMERICA - YOU HAD BETTER BE CONCERNED
ABOUT GOING TOO FAR!
(See II Kings 22-25 & II Chronicles 34-36 Pulpit A & B on vs. 26-27)
(See II Kings 22-25 & II Chronicles 34-36 Pulpit C)
Compare v. 27 with ch. 17:18
The sins of Judah now as great or greater than those
We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God -
God hath concluded all in unbelief that He might have
mercy upon all - Rom. 11:32 - TRUST JESUS TODAY!
Jehoahaz - v. 32
Jehoiakim - v. 37 - the Bible says he leaned towards
idolatry, shed innocent blood, was luxurious
Jer. 22:18-19, 13-17
Matter of Urijah - Jer. 26:20-23
Troubles now fall thick & fast on Judah - the
invasion of Egypt and later that of Nebuchadnezzar.
v. 3 - no other cause but the commandment from God
"to remove them out of His sight" - Ps. 34:15-17
The class of sins introduced by Manasseh was persisted
in by the people - God judged - generation after
generation continued to be guilty:
* idolatry & licentiousness
* child murder
* tolerated & practiced magical arts
v. 4 - Blood "cries to God from the ground" on which it
falls - Gen. 4:11 - and is required at the hands of
the blood shedder - Gen. 9:5
*** Revelation 11:18 ***
Jehoiakim - remember Jer. 22:18-19
v. 13 - Nebuchadnezzar's plunder "as the Lord had said"
v. 14 - "all....none"
v. 20 - "until He had cast them from His presence"
Babylon, not Assyria, did in Israel!
Iraq - trying to do in America?
Matt. 24:22,34 Isaiah 10:22-23
A remnant only was left and that of the poorest of the
people. Deprived of half her population, Jerusalem
could scarcely recognize herself - "she sat solitary"
and "wept sore in the night" - Lam. 1:1-2
Fall of Jerusalem - a warning to all nations
v. 1 - extreme exactness with respect to a date
indicates extreme importance of the event
In both I & II Kings there is no evidence of
the month, day and year being give except here!
Read highlights of vs. 3,4,6,7, 9
v. 9 - 470 years, 6 months and 10 days after the
Temple was built according to Josephus
Increased wickedness had brought about
increased weakness and Judah's weakness lay in
that she had greatly offended God.
God had always given help, His arm was never
shortened until their idolatries, their immoralities,
their cruelties and wickedness had shortened His
arm that he could not nor would not save.
THERE WAS NO REMEDY - II Chron. 36:16
Ought not each of us feel the fate a warning to itself?
A warning to repent from evil ways and walk in the
paths of righteousness -
vs. 27-30 - Jehoiakim - who after 36 yrs. of a cruel
and seemingly hopeless imprisonment,
experienced a happy change of circumstances,
A FORESHADOW OF REAL ISRAEL????
II Chronicles 36
One short chapter now brings to a conclusion the
remarkable books called the Chronicles.
Thirteen verses sum up the reigns of the last four
pre-captivity kings of Judah, who by their godless
lives hastened the ruin of the kingdom.
The term of life is run, therefore, within a very short
length, and with great sadness, the coming end falls
upon us before the horrors of the end itself overwhelm us.
v. 3 - of Jehoahaz it is said that the king of Egypt
"put him down" - terms the pop culture or rap
artist should understand.
My question is "do they comprehend" what they are
v. 12 - of Zedekiah it is said "humbled not himself"
vs. 13-16 - NO REMEDY!
v. 21 - *******