2 Chronicles 34-35 – Josiah’s Reform
Waging a War for Repentance
1. There is a Fight!
Josiah stands over the opponent, 2 Chron. 34:4, 19.
See also Exodus 34:13 and Deuteronomy 7:5.
2 Chron. 34:21, “For great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book.”
2. Scripture Alone… Revives
Revival versus Revivalism:
2 Chron. 34:27, “Regarding the words that you have heard, because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this place and its inhabitants, and you have humbled yourself … I also have heard you, declares the Lord.”
2 Chron. 34:30, “And the king … read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant.” See also Deuteronomy 13:4.
2 John 1:6, “And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.”
3. Inquire of the Lord!
Ezekiel 36:19-31 gives us an aerial view of repentance.
2 Chron. 35:18, “None of the kings of Israel had kept such a Passover as was kept by Josiah….”
What is driving my conscience right now?
Give me Scripture to chew!
Where are the idols I’ve not crushed?
Crush them under my feet!
Why have I not hungered for your Word?
I need only you!
Martin Luther (1483–1546),
“My conscience is captive to the Word of God.”
Andrew Fuller (1754–1815),
“In all the seasons of revival and reformation, the Scriptures have been the grand means of their being brought about.”
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981),
“If you do not submit yourself entirely to the revelation that he has given, and if you are not aware of the plague of your own heart …you have no right to revival or to pray for it.”