Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 23:4-20
Josiah was a man who did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh. He set a standard before his people of true repentance and radical obedience by not merely giving God lip service but by waging war on the powers of darkness. Centuries of pagan worship had infiltrated and stolen the affections Israel and Judah had for God; yet in one year, this king dashed these idols to bits. King Josiah was a revolutionary revivalist and reformer of his time, his mandate is as relevant now as it was then. I believe this is a timely word for the hour that we are, in the Lord’s temple. Manasseh on the other hand worshiped all the powers of heaven, built pagan altars in the Lord’s temple and sacrificed his son in the fire as well as shed much innocent blood. As if that were not enough, Manasseh practiced divination and sorcery, consulting psychics and necromancers. His sin caused the nation of Judah to sin greatly, leading to their eventual captivity in Babylon. His son, Amon, followed in his father’s footsteps, worshiping the same false gods and ultimately abandoning the Lord. Most people with a pedigree like Josiah’s would have counted themselves unqualified to answer the high call, but God sets His seal upon the unqualified and He will not deny a repentant heart. It was in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign that this king embraced the mantle upon his life. It began with the order to repair the temple, an undertaking more prophetic than intended. Josiah wasted no time in bringing an onslaught to the kingdom of darkness once he was in right standing with the Lord. He was relentless in his pursuit of tearing down strongholds so that God would be exalted.
Some years ago, we organized a three-day crusade in my hometown. During the programme, the officiating catholic priest requested that all who had idols in their homes should bring them to the crusade ground. Of course, some were scared of the repercussions of such actions; but many obeyed and offloaded centuries of idols from their family houses. This led to great relief and joy to the town and its inhabitants. To many, dethronement of false gods having ruled for centuries in the land would seem insurmountable, but no devil can outmatch God, and one act of obedience can change the course of a nation and a generation. We shall continue tomorrow!
MASS: GREEN 1 Kgs 11: 29-32; 12:19; Ps 81:10-11ab. 12-13. 14-15 (R.11a.9a); Accl. Act 16:14b; Mk 7:31-37
Prayer Points:
1. Holy Father, I am born into idol worship. My ancestors worshipped false gods and sinned against Your divine love for them. Holy Father, I beseech You to forgive their sins and restore us unto Yourself. Let the Blood of Your Son cleanse my generation and strengthen my foundation, in Jesus name. Amen.
2. Take the prayer, “Denouncing Lodges & Secret Societies” in “Amen: It is Done” (pg. 70).
Exercise: Take the “Rosary of Liberation” in DSD, Section A. With the intention, “Lord free me and my family from every form of idol worship and its consequences”.
Meditation: Ephesians 6:12.