July 3 Clean Sweep

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2 Kings 22:3-23:30;  Acts 21:37-22:16;  Psalms 1:1-6; Proverbs 18:11-12

Old Testament King Josiah read the words of The Book of the Covenant and was moved to action:  “The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord–to follow the Lord and keep his commands, regulations, an decrees with all his heart and all his soul.”  2 Kings 23:3

Then the king cleaned “house”!  He removed articles of Baal worship from the temple and burned them…he broke pagan shrines…pulled down pillars to false gods…smashed sacred stones and cut down Asherah poles…got rid of mediums and spiritists and household gods.

“This he did to fulfill the requirements of the Law written in the Book…neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did–with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance to the Law of Moses”  2 Kings 23:24-25

This story of Josiah’s determination– prompted by God’s Word–to clean up the spiritual landscape of the land he ruled prompts me to look into my heart’s landscape.  I’m sure it’s not as tidy as the Lord would have it to be!

God’s Word in the Ten Commandments sheds light on those dark places, idols-if you wish-that try to take over His place in my heart.

You shall have no other gods.

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or maidservant, his ox or donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

God’s Word sheds light–leads to repentance–and to the assurance of forgiveness.  Christ’s blood shed on the cross makes the clean sweep of sin in my heart.

Lord God, without your Word, I would not know how dirty I am, how much I’m in need of cleansing, or what the only cleaning solution there is to remove my sin’s stain.  Thank you for your Word and for the stain remover who makes me white as snow–your Son, Jesus Christ.

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priest to His God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen” (Revelation 1:5-6) 

 

Photo by Chari Christiani

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