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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

The Impact of Our Response to God's Word (2 Kings 22)

Our response to God's Word has a significant impact to not only our lives but also to the lives of those around us for generations to come.

In 2 Kings 20-25, there is an interesting pattern of bad kings in Judah mixed in with two of the best kings, Hezekiah and Josiah. Hezekiah and Josiah followed the example of David, faithfully obeying God and destroying everything that had anything to do with idol worship.

But the kings before them as well as their descendants after them, did not follow in their footsteps. In fact, Manasseh's sins were so severe, Judah would eventually be destroyed and sent into exile to Babylon:

2 Kings 21:10-14 The LORD said through his servants the prophets: "Manasseh king of Judah has committed these detestable sins. He has done more evil that the Amorites who preceded him and has led Judah into sin with his idols. Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. I will stretch out over Jerusalem the measuring line used against Samaria and the plumb line used against the house of Ahab. I will wipe out Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. I will forsake the remnant of my inheritance and give them into the hands of enemies. They will be looted and plundered by all their enemies"

Manasseh died and his son, Amon, became king. He also did evil the eyes of the Lord. (2 Kings 21:19-20).

Amon died and his son, Josiah, became king. Josiah chose to do what was right in the eyes of the Lord.

When Josiah heard the Word of God, he tore his clothes and immediately started destroying the idols created by the kings before him.

God's response to Josiah was to delay the judgment on Judah because of his obedience:

2 Kings 22:19-20 Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people - that they would become a curse and be laid waste - and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the LORD. Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place.'

Our response to God's Word has a significant impact not only to our lives but also to the lives of those around us for generations to come.

As we read God's Word, like Josiah, we should be "tearing our clothes" and kneeling before the Lord in repentance as we realize the sins of Manasseh being celebrated in our nation today:

  • The altars of false gods are proudly worshiped just as Manasseh did. (2 Kings 21:3-5)

  • The sacrificing of children will be done by the thousands today, just as Manasseh did to his own son. (2 Kings 21:6)

  • The practice of divination and consulting mediums is done in our nation today just as Manasseh did. (2 Kings 21:6)

  • We say we are "Christians" but are carried away by false teaching even within our churches because we are not testing everything against God's Word, just like Manasseh. (2 Kings 21:7-8)

If our country, founded as "one nation under God" responds to God's Word in the same way that Manasseh did, what do you think God's plan will be for our nation?

I actually believe we are seeing God's plan for our nation begin to unfold before our eyes today.

But we each have a choice of how we will respond to God's Word. If we humble ourselves before God and draw close to Him, He will bless us and use us to have a positive impact on those around us, even as the world draws closer to the time of God's judgment.

Like Josiah, God promises us that if we respond to His Word by repenting of our sins and humbling ourselves before Him, we will not see the coming day of His judgment on this world.

Luke 21:28 When these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your head, because your redemption is drawing near.

How will you respond to God's Word today? What impact will your response have on those around you and for the generations to come?

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