Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lost Treasure

Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 23:12-27
Josiah also exterminated the mediums and psychics, the household gods, and every other kind of idol worship, both in Jerusalem and throughout the land of Judah. He did this in obedience to all the laws written in the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had found in the Lord’s Temple.                   (2 Kings 23:24 NLT)
Are you a treasure hunter? Hundreds of people in various cities throughout the United States are busy looking for money that has been hidden by anonymous philanthropists. They hid the money and then give clues to its whereabouts on Twitter and Facebook.
     Back in the nineteenth century there were numerous stories and legends of lost treasure and some people spent their entire lives looking for the elusive pot of gold. Hollywood produced a number of Lost Treasure films such as: the Indiana Jones series, Pirates of the Caribbean, Treasure of Sierra Madre, Treasure Seekers, King Solomon’s Mines, and many others. How many lost their live seeking the treasure of gold in California, Nevada, the Yukon and Klondike?
     Even as valuable as these so-called treasures were, there was an even more valuable treasure that was lost for centuries during Old Testament days. Following the death of King Solomon, the son of David, many evil kings reigned over Judah. Once in a while a king who followed the ways of Jehovah would appear. Josiah who was the great grandson of Hezekiah was one of those “good” kings. He began to repair the dilapidated Temple and during the process Hilkiah, the high priest, found a copy of the book of the law, a lost treasure, in the Temple. Following the reading of the scroll of the law, Josiah instituted reforms throughout the nation of Judah.
     Idol worship, pagan shrines and altars were destroyed, Asherah poles were burned, pagan priests were eliminated, mediums and psychics exterminated, and every other kind of idol worship destroyed. The Scripture says, “Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since. (2 Kings 23:25 NLT).
     How is it possible to lose the Word of God in the house of the Lord? By ignoring the biblical truth contained within its pages! By replacing the truth with manmade stories that have no spiritual connection to God’s word! By failing to preach the whole counsel of God! By promoting false teachers who twist the meaning of the Scriptures!
     The best way to avoid losing your treasure, the Word of God, is to spend time every day on reading and meditation. A neglected Bible is a lost Bible
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me keep in tune with your word by using it in my daily walk.

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