Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | July 30, 2010

July 29th What the Bible Said Yesterday and Today

Let’s see what the Bible said yesterday – July 28th and today – and almost 2700 years ago for today.

Isaiah 63, 64, 65, 66 and 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles:  Begin with a prayer of mercy and pardon.  And, yet, Lord, you are the our Father.  We are the clay, and you are the potter.  We are formed by your hand.  Oh, don’t be so angry with us, Lord.  Please don’t remember our sins forever.  Look at us, we pray, and see that we are all your people.”

There is punishment for sin.  “But I will not destroy them all,” says the Lord.  “For just as good grapes are found among a cluster of bad ones ..so I will not destroy all Israel. ”  ” I will preserve a remnant of he people of Israel and of Judah to possess my land.”  There will always be a remnant. 

“This is what the Lord says, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.”  Moses Maimodes wrote this is literal in Hebrew (Guide to the Perplexed, 1290 AD).  God is a spirit.  He may be a spirit as big as our solar system.  Wow.  Why not?  Makes more sense than the corporeal god as grandpa or Santa Claus. 

And God is a tough God.  “As surely as my new heavens and earth will remain, so will you always be my people, with a name that will never disappear,” says the Lord.  “All humanity will come to worship me from week to week and from month to month.  And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me.  For the worms will devour them will never die, and he fire that burns them will never go out.  All who pass by will view them with utter horror.”

Then, we come to the story of Manasseh and Josiah in 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles and Jeremiah 1 -2.

Manasseh rules from the age of 12 for 55 years.  He did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord.  “Imitating the detestable practices of the pagan nations whom the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.  He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had destroyed. ”   He “even sacrificed his own son in the fire. He practiced sorcery and divination, and he consulted with mediums and psychics.” 

“Manasseh even took an Asherah pole he had made and set it up in the Temple, the very place where the Lord had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored here forever in this Temple adn in Jerusalem – the city I have chosen from among all the other tribes of Israel.”  “Mannsseh led them to do even more evil than the pagan nations whom the Lord had destroyed when the Israelites entered the land.”

His son, Amon, was 22 when he became king for 2 years.  He did evil, “just as his father”.  “He abandoned the Lord, the God of his ancestors, and he refused to follow the Lord’s ways.”  His own servants assassinated him.  They made his son, Josiah, the next king. 

Josiah fuled from age 8 for the next 31 years.  When he was 16 he began to seek the God of his ancestor David.  When he was 20 he began to purify Judah and Jerusalem.   He was serious about it, “destroying all the pagan shrines, the Asherath poles, and the carved idols and cast images.”

“He saw to it that the altars for the images of Baal and their incense altars were torn down.  He also made sure that the Asheroth poles, the carved idols, and the cast images were smashed and scattered over the graves of those who sacrificed to them.  Then he burned the bones of the pagan priests on their own altars, and so purified Judah and Jersulem.”

We can look forward to a Josiah leading Western Civilization to do the same to every conquered Christian place which is desecrated with Muslim minarets.

Now you know why many sons should be named “Josiah”.   

This passion for the Lord is what made the Reformation in Scotland different from England – and thus the Scot-Irish culture of our frontier and most of the U.S. different from the Puritan New England and Anglican Tidewater.   The Reformation in Scotland came years after Henry the 8th wanted a new wench to wed.  The evangelicals came from Calvinist Switzerland – thank you John Knox – and they rooted out every symbol what they thought was a diversion from the Biblical worship of the Lord.  There will be a time and place for this Josiah-like passion again. 

Such a time is called out in Jeremiah.  So, God’s orders to Jeremiah may work for us some day in the future:  “Go out, and tell them whatever I tell you to say.  Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them.  For see, today I have made you immune to their attacks.  You are strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall.  None of the kings, officials, priests, or people of Judah will be able to stand against you.  They will try, but they will fail.  For I am with you, and I will take care of you.  I, the Lord, have spoken.”

Speak the truth to the pagan Human Socialists.  Speak the truth to the Muslims.  Speak the truth in lovingkindness.  Fear not. 

Don’t let them build a mosque at Ground Zero.  Look forward to taking down the minarets around former Christian churches.

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  1. Your clear call sounds in all our ears. May we find true revival in our country in our day. God bless!


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