Background: During the period of Israel’s history the nation was divided in two and the kings who ruled were generally evil. There were however some good kings. One of these good kings was named Josiah. He came to power when he was only 8 years old. When he was 26 years old he sent his secretary to the temple of the Lord in order to make sure the workers who were repairing the temple were getting paid. While there, they discovered something that would change King Josiah’s life.
Ask the children…
What did they find in the temple?
“Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the court secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the Lord’s Temple!’” (2 Kings 22:8)
What did King Josiah do when the book had been read to him?
“When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair.” (2 Kings 22:11)
King Josiah was so sad because he and his people were not following the Lord’s words. So he brought all the people together and read the Book of the Law to them. What did they do then?
“He pledged to obey the Lord by keeping all his commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul. In this way, he confirmed all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll, and all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.” (2 Kings 23:3)
It is one thing to be convicted by God’s word regarding what we are or are not doing in our lives, but it is another to repent and turn back to God and to follow Him with all our hearts. That is what King Josiah and the people did and God blessed them for it.
Ask your children if they are consistently hearing or reading God’s word or is the Bible absent from their lives like is was King Josiah’s? If they haven’t been reading, help them to devise a plan to start reading. If they are young, you will want to be reading to them from the Bible using helps like this blog. If they are reading, ask them if there is anything they have heard or read recently that the Holy Spirit has spoken to them about? What was it and what are they going to do with this information? Repent and change or ignore it and miss out on God’s blessing.
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