Tuesday, August 5, 2008

God keeps His promises

August 5, 2008

A promise is made to be kept. When God makes a promise He keeps it. It may take some time. You may not even see it in your time. It will be done.

We have used in this devotional before the story of an old prophet and a new prophet. In the early days of the split kingdom of Judah and Israel, the new prophet left Judah, came to an area where the King of Israel was sacrificing to the god Baal. As he spoke he told that one day a king would come named Josiah, and he would burn the bones of those that did these evil things on the very alter that they were sacrificing on. This would be a profanity to the god Baal and would keep the alter being used for normal sacrifices. The old and new prophets meet up and the story takes a much different turn, but it ends with the new prophet dead and being burried in a tomb and a monument errected. The people told each other of this man for years to come I am sure.

Flash forward a few hundread years. A new king is crowned in Jerusalem. At the age of eight people do not think he will be worth much. By the age of 18 he was tearing done idol worship places. At the age of 20 he takes his crusade out of his country and into Israel.

2 Kings 23:15-18 GW
(15) He also tore down the altar at Bethel-the place of worship made by Jeroboam (Nebat's son), who had made Israel sin. He tore down both the altar and the place of worship. They burned the worship site, crushing it to powder and burning the pole dedicated to Asherah.
(16) When Josiah turned and saw the tombs on the hill there, he sent men to take the bones out of the tombs and burn them on the altar to make it unclean. This fulfilled the word of the LORD announced by the man of God.
(17) Then he asked, "What is this monument that I see?" The people of the city answered him, "It's the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah to announce that you would do these things to the altar of Bethel."
(18) So Josiah said, "Let him rest. Don't disturb his bones." So they left his bones with the bones of the prophet who had come from Samaria.

I can picture the people looking on, the story they had been told of what would be done. I am sure many thought it was just an old wives tale that would never take place. And hundreads of years later it was done.

God keeps His promises. If He has made a promise to you, know that it will come to pass.

Read through the Bible in historical order in one year

2 Kings 22:1-23:37, 2 Choricles 34:1 - 35:27

Zephaniah 1:1-3:20 KJV

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