2 Chron. 34. 20-33
Luke 2. 25-38
Hebrews 4. 12-13
I love this account of Josiah, king of Judah, in 2 Chronicles. As he was cleaning up the nation and ridding it of the false gods that the people had been worshipping, he then started to rebuild and repair the temple of YHWH that had fallen into disrepair. As the work continued Hilkiah the priest found the book of the law, and gave it to Shaphan the scribe who in turn took it to the king and read it to him. Verse 19 says “And … when the king heard the words of the law that he tore his clothes.” An act of a broken and contrite heart, Josiah knew the nation was headed in the wrong way, and now he had the authority of the Word of God to reveal that truth.
Hebrews 4. 12 says ” the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
What a vivid picture in the life of king Josiah, who continued to rid the nation of all the false gods, and restored the appropriate worship of YHWH to the nation. God was pleased with Josiah’s response to His word.
In the passage from Luke it tells of the story of Simeon, who was righteous and devout, and filled with the Holy Spirit, who didn’t see death until he was able to see the Messiah even though the child was still very young. How surprised were Joseph and Mary when he took their baby and blessed God, and said …” For mine eyes have seen thy salvation…” The power of the Holy Spirit to reveal these insights to devout people seems pretty common place in scripture, but not so much today, or is it that devout and righteous people are harder to find today?
The word of God is just as active and alive today as then and still reveals our thoughts and intentions. These accounts from scripture that tell of the power and workings of the Holy Spirit stir in me a desire to to be more active in studying the word, prayer, and service to our Lord and Savior. Let’s join together to do our part, being filled with the Holy Spirit, in obedience to God’s leading, in bearing fruit and building the Kingdom of God.