|In our third Bible Focus we invite you to read and examine 2 Chronicles 34.1-36:8. This, according to Jewish tradition, is Ezra's account of the reign and reforms of the young King Josiah, who was king of Judah from 640-609 BC. Its contemporary significance lies in that it offers us some important clues as to God's unchanging principles governing religious revival.
We invite you to answer the following four questions. All the answers can be found in the passage of Scripture itself. Where we have referred to other scriptures, this is either to confirm or amplify what is said in a certain verse, or verses.
What does the passage say to you about God's conditions for revival in our own day?
A Personal Application
Have you yet discovered God's Word for yourself? What part does it play in your life as a Christian? Do you recognise yourself among those for whom Josiah ordered Hilkiah and the other members of his court to pray? (2 Chronicles 34:20-21) (If you do, then may we suggest you take a further look at our Bible Focus on Lifestyle.)
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|If you have found this Bible Focus profitable, we would recommend that you undertake a further similar exercise, by applying the above questions to the parallel account of King Josiah's reign in 2 Kings 22:1-23:30. There are many similarities between the two accounts, but as we have highlighted in question 1, there are also some significant differences. You may like to consider some possible reasons for these differences.|
|We hope this Bible Focus has helped you to reflect more deeply on the nature of true revival, not only as it applies to the Church in general, but more especially in your own life. As you seek to work out the implications of the history of Josiah's reign in your own life, you will discover your Confidence in the Word increasing as a consequence of your growing desire to obey the Lord.
In our fourth Focus we return to the New Testament to follow the life of surely one of the most endearing characters in the whole of Scripture, Barnabas.
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