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The restoration of the word of God

Publishing Date : 08 January, 2019

DR KC HARRINGTON

To God be all the glory for keeping us together with our families until now. We say "Ebenezer" which when translated means "the Lord has kept us until this far" We are counting down to the New Year 2019.


We will find our Scripture reading in 2 Kings 22 verses 8 to 11:-


And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. And Shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD. note


 10  And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.  11  And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. After God sent Moses to Egypt and liberated them slavery,  God appeared to Moses on their journey to the Promised Land of Canaan on Mount Sinai, and gave him laws which he told Moses to pass on the children of Israel.


"The Hebrew word for the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, Torah (which means "law" and was translated into Greek as "nomos" or "Law") refers to the same five books termed in English "Pentateuch" (from Latinised Greek "five books," implying the five books of Moses). After Moses' death the book of the law was handed down to Joshua,  who upon receipt of the book was told by God that now that Moses His servant is dead, it's now Joshua's responsibility to take the Israelites over the Jordan and into the Promised Land.


God said in Joshua 1 verse 7 and  8:-


 " Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."


Later in the Bible upon Solomon’s death, the powerful and rich kingdom of Israel was split in two. Both the northern and southern kingdoms suffered from godless leadership, but the worst king was Manasseh, who sacrificed his own sons in the fire of Molech and put an idol of the Canaanite fertility goddess in the temple in Jerusalem. During the reign of Manasseh the book of the law was lost. The book of the law contained the following:


(1) Moral Laws

(2) Ceremonial Laws

(3) Civil Laws


Today there are generally four different types of law, which include criminal, civil, common and statuate laws.

Criminal Law

This is the kind of law that the police enforce. Murder, assault, robbery and rape are all included within the boundaries of criminal law.

Civil Law

Civil law has many different areas enclosed in it. Examples that come under this law are legal rights, such as a right to an education or to a trade union membership and divorce problems, such as how the furniture is split between the couple and who receives custody of the children. The best way to describe it is that it looks at actions that are not crimes.

Common Law and Precedent

Common law is based on felling about right and wrong, which we all have. It is common law that tells us that people are more important than things. So a crime committed against a person is looked upon far worse that a crime committed against property. Precedent means ‘what has gone before’. So if a judge is trying a murder case, he or she will try to look up similar cases that have gone before, to see how they were dealt with and what sentence was given. It is very important when carrying out common law.

Statuate law


A statuate law is a law that is made by the government. In England all laws are mainly made by parliament. These laws are written down from start to finish, and therefore different to common laws which are not written down. All new laws are statuate laws even though some are based on common laws, which have gone before.


During the reign of Manasseh,  these laws were all lost because of the book of the law being lost. Josiah, Manasseh’s grandson, became king of Judah when he was only eight years old. Eight (8) Is the number of new beginnings. The name Josiah is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Josiah is: Jehovah has healed. Biblical Josiah became king of Judah at eight after his father was assassinated. He ruled 31 years. Unlike his father and grandfather, Josiah tore down the pagan altars, pounded the stone idols into powder, and began repairing the temple.


During the repair, Hilkiah, the high priest, found “the Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses,” perhaps in a dusty unused corner of the Temple or in an area being repaired. During the previous almost 60 years when the people were worshipping pagan idols, no one had read the Word of God. Hilkiah gave the book, probably Deuteronomy, to Shaphan the scribe, and Shaphan took it to the king. Josiah wanted to “do what was right in the sight of the Lord,” but his knowledge of what God wanted was based on tradition and hearsay. Now he listened to the words of God.


“Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” “You shall teach [God’s commandments] diligently to your children.” King Josiah, who had torn down the pagan altars, heard Shaphan read, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” He also heard, “If you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, . . , the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you . . . because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”


Josiah was humbled and tore his clothes, a sign of repentance. For nearly 60 years the Word of God had not been heard in Judah and, while Josiah had been doing the right things, he could now do them for the right reasons—because he knew what God wanted. Josiah brought all the people together and Josiah himself read “in their hearing” the book that had been found. He then committed “to follow the Lord and to keep his commandments.” And “all the people took a stand for the covenant.”


“There was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart.” Josiah and the nation of Judah were convicted by their failure to live according to God’s commands, they repented, and they committed to follow God’s words. Josiah then ordered Hilkiah and the doorkeepers of the temple to bring out everything that was evil in the sight of the God of the Book he had just read and everyone watched.Josiah and the nation were transformed by the reading of God’s Word.


I Prophesy, with this mouth that I use to pray, that Botswana shall be blessed because the book has been found. Wishing you all a Happy New Year. Till we meet again in this same motivational corner.

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