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Finding the Scroll

August 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

When I read through the scriptures, I find myself trying to relate to the characters written about in the various books. How would I have reacted (?), would I have done that differently (?), those kinds of things. However, I noticed that I couldn’t really relate to any of them on a deeper level. I know that they were men like you and I, but it’s just different. Then I read about King Yoshiyahu (Josiah) and stumbled upon the state of myself. Let me explain by telling you Yoshiyahu’s story first.

He was eight years old when he became king, and did what was right in Adonai’s perspective, and never abandoned living in the manner of King David, his ancestor.

When he was 26, as he had the house of Adonai being repaired, Hilkiyahu the high priest sent word through his secretary, “I have found the scroll of the Torah in the house of Adonai.” See, the scroll of the Torah had been missing, and Israel had not been living by what was written in it. The secretary brought the scroll to the king and read it aloud. After Yoshiyahu heard it, he tore his clothes. Then he sent Hilkiyahu out, saying, “Go; and consult Adonai for me, for the people and for all Y’hudah in regard to what is written in this scroll which has been found. For Adonai must be furious at us, since our ancestors did not listen to the words written in this scroll and didn’t do everything written there that concerns us.”

So Hilkiyahu the high priest went to Huldah the prophet (a woman prophet!) and spoke with her. She told him and those who were sent with him, “Adonai the God of Isra’el says to tell the man who sent you to me that Adonai says this: ‘I am going to bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants, every word in the scroll that king of Y’hudah has read; because they have abandoned me and offered to other gods, in order to provoke me with everything they do. Therefore my anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.’ But you are to tell the king of Y’hudah, who sent you to consult Adonai, that Adonai the God of Isra’el also says this: ‘In regard to the words you have heard, because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before Adonai when you heard what I said against this place and its inhabitants – that they would become an object of astonishment and cursing – and have torn your clothes and cried before me, I have also heard you, says Adonai. Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, you will go to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the calamity I am going to bring on this place.’” So they brought word back to Yoshiyahu.

Then the king gathered everyone in the land, both small and great, to the house of Adonai. In the presence of them all, he read to them the scroll that had been found. He stood on the platform and made a covenant in the presence of Adonai to live following Adonai, observing his commands, instructions and regulations wholeheartedly and with all his being, so as to confirm the words of the covenant written in this scroll. All the people stood, pledging themselves to keep the covenant.

After all of this, Yoshiyahu had the high priest, Hilkiyahu, remove all the articles that had been made for Ba’al for the Asherah and for the entire army of heaven, and took them out of the house of Adonai. He had it all burned and carried their ashes away. One by one, the king deposed of all that was evil in the land. He burned, tore down, desecrated, smashed, and removed everything that did not honor Adonai.

No previous king was like him; because he turned to Adonai with all his heart, with all his being and with all his power; nor did any king like him arise afterwards.

How does this story relate to me?

I found the scroll (the bible in full) and read it. Instead of tearing my clothes, I tore my heart. I wept and consulted Yeshua the Messiah, “You must be furious with us, with everyone, since those who claim your name do not listen to the words you have spoken in this scroll.” It seemed as if he spoke to me through scripture, “I will bring calamity on those who claim to know me for gain, yet don’t know me. They think they see, but are blind and being led by the blind. But because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before me when you read the words written in the scriptures, and tore your heart and cried before me, I have heard you. Therefore, I give you new life. Turn from your wickedness for you are no longer a slave to sin. Turn to me with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your power. Don’t fall away from the faith, or you will see, and be a part of, the calamity I will bring on those who don’t obey me. Endure all things until the end and you will be saved, and you will receive the crown of righteousness on that day.”

Instead of tearing down temples, burning the asherah, and everything Yoshiyahu removed, I tore down strongholds and the very walls that en-caved my heart.

Now, I beg and implore each of you who read this: Find the scroll. Tear your heart. Allow God to work in you in such a way that gives you strength to tear down the walls and strongholds around your own heart. Live by the words of Yeshua, so as to confirm all that was written about him. Turn to him with all your heart, being, and power. Because believe me: calamity is coming.

To those who have ears to hear, let them hear.

Mat is 24 years old and works at a print shop in Springfield, MO. You can reach him by e-mail at: mattymills7@gmail.com

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