- Sermon Notes
2 Kings 22:1-20
ILLUS – Encounter with former college football lineman, turned Elvis impersonator, turned Revival specialist!
1. What is true revival?
2. Revival is a popular topic, yet there are many misconceptions.
3. To understand what true revival is let’s turn to the Word of God for understanding.
4. As we do, we will discover four principles for the revival of God’s people.
READ – 2 Kings 22:1-20
1. Judah had been led by wicked kings for 57 years. Manasseh led Judah for 55 years and his son, Amon, led Judah for 2 years.
2. Manasseh was so wicked that he built altars for all the “host of heaven” in the two courts of the Lord’s house. He made his son pass through fire, practiced witchcraft, used divination, consulted mediums and spiritists and even set up a carved image of Asherah that he had made in the house of the Lord, the very house that the Lord has chosen to put His name on forever (2 Kings 21:5-7).
3. The wickedness of Manasseh was so great that God declared Manasseh had done more wicked things than the Amorites who lived in the land before him (2 Kings 21:11).
4. Amon was so wicked that his servants conspired against him and killed him in his own house (2 Kings 21:23).
5. Judah had fallen so far from the Lord that He promised to bring judgment against them! Judah needed revival!
6. In this context we’re introduced to an 8-year-old boy named Josiah, the next king of Judah.
I. Revival is Personal (1-7)
A. Revival is for believers not unbelievers
1. “Revive” means “to live again” (Latin).
a. It’s something that is alive but is on the verge of expiring (Critical Condition).
b. Then life-giving air is given and it’s revived.
c. Life-giving water is consumed, and it is revived.
d. Life-giving nutrition is digested, and it’s revived.
2. Spiritually speaking, revival always occurs in the heart of a person who has a personal relationship with God.
a. They’re alive, but not as they once were.
b. They’re alive, but not as much as they could be.
c. So, revival is for the believer not the unbeliever!
Pastor Chuck Smith, “If there ever was a time in your past when you loved the Lord more than you love Him today, you have backslidden.”
APPL – Christians can’t “coast” in their walk with God for the moment they do so, they will lose valuable ground gained in their journey.
APPL – Warning Signs:
Spiritually dry and dull (apathy)/Weakened faith
Life looks more worldly and less Christ-like
Diminished love for God and the things of God
ILLUS – Co-worker at Levitz… I shared my desire for more of the Lord in my life. He replied, “At least you feel something. I don’t feel anything at all.”
APPL – The Lord loves to revive His people
Isaiah 42:3, “A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish.”
B. Revival is one person at a time
ILLUS – Police Officer during the Welsh Revival, at the turn of the century, was asked where the “Revival” was taking place. He pointed to himself and said, “It’s inside this uniform!”
1. Revival is never a mass movement though God often moves on the hearts of His people simultaneously.
2. Simply put, Revival happens when people want more of God.
a. The Christian life is a life where change is the norm.
b. The Christian life is a life of pruning.
c. The Christian life is a life of refinement.
d. Change, pruning, and refinement result in growth.
Chuck Smith, “The sign of a healthy church is when you see believers falling more in love with Jesus.”
3. Notice the progression in Josiah’s life prior to a great revival in him and in the kingdom of Judah according to 2 Chronicles 34:1-8.
a. 8 years old – Became king of Judah (v. 1).
b. 16 years old – Began to seek the God of his father David (v. 3).
c. 20 years old – Purged Jerusalem, Judah and Israel of idolatry (vv. 3-7).
d. 26 years old – Gave the order to repair the house of the Lord his God (v. 8).
Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind
and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
II. Revival Begins with a Return to God’s Word (8-10)
A. Revival must be fueled by the Bible
Psalm 119:25-27, “My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word. I have told of my ways, and You have answered me; teach me Your statutes. Make me understand the way of Your precepts, so I will meditate on Your wonders.”
1. If not, it can result in false teaching/doctrine.
ILLUS – Discussion with Dr. John Hannah, head of Historical Theology department at Dallas Theological Seminary regarding the history of
the Calvary Chapel Movement.
2. If not, it can result in legalism/tolerance of sin.
3. If not, it can result in emotionalism and gimmicks.
Pastor Rich – “Emotions make great servants but are terrible masters.”
APPL – Teaching the Bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse.
B. Revival begins in hearts submitted to God’s Word
Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
1. But it’s hard to be moved by the Bible when it’s not permitted to move in your life.
ILLUS – Malina likes to walk around with a blanket covering her face.
2. Judah had lost the book of the law (v. 8)
a. Where did they find it? Right where they left it. In the Temple.
b. But no one bothered to look until King Josiah!
3. Shaphan read the entire book of the law to Josiah. Genesis to Deuteronomy in one sitting!
4. Josiah responded by tearing his clothes! Though the book of the law had been lost, Josiah was declaring its authority over himself and Judah was not lost!
5. Josiah immediately sought to align himself and his kingdom under the authority of God’s Word.
ILLUS – Pastor Tom Ferguson’s teaching on the priority of the Bible in a believer’s life.
APPL – How much of your time/life is consumed by:
Television/Movies/News coverage of the election?
Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
III. Revival Begins with Prayer (11-13)
A. Prayer aligns our hearts with the Lord’s heart
1. After hearing the Word Josiah wanted to know God’s heart.
2. Josiah sought the Lord through prayer
ILLUS – Prior to the First Great Awakening people were praying all night before Jonathan Edwards preached. Edwards asked God,
“God, give me New England!”
APPL – God, give us Hillsboro… Portland, our nation!
B. Prayer was central in the life of the early Church
1. The disciples were “continually devoting themselves to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
2. Paul and Barnabas directed by the Holy Spirit to go on their first missionary journey during a time of prayer (Acts 13:1-3).
3. When persecuted, the church prayed and the Holy Spirit came upon them with power (Acts 4:29-31).
APPL – How important is prayer to you?
1 Thessalonians 5:17, “pray without ceasing”
IV. Revival Begins with Repentance (14-20)
A. Repentance is turning from sin and pursuing God
1. Deuteronomy 28-30 – Blessings and Curses
a. Blessing for obedience
b. Curses for disobedience – culminating in exile
2. Josiah was broken before the Lord
a. He tore his clothes (v.11)
b. He wants to know if there is hope (vv. 12-13)
c. Gets word from the prophetess that God is angry and judgment is coming (vv. 14-17)
d. But because the king’s heart was tender and humble before the Lord there would be peace in his lifetime (vv. 18-20).
2 Chronicles 7:14, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked
ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)
B. True repentance is revealed by our choices
1. To confess is to agree. When I confess my sin I am agreeing with God that what I did was sin.
2. “Repentance” is “confession in action”
a. An ongoing choice
b. An ongoing change in lifestyle
3. Josiah knew God had given Judah a season
4. Josiah knew there was only one right
response – total devotion to God. All idols
2 Kings 23:25, “And before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all
his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.”
APPL – An idol is anything or anyone that occupies the highest place in your heart. Do you have any idols in your heart?
1 John 5:21, “Little children, guard yourselves from idols.”
2 Kings 22:1-20 NASB
1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah
of Bozkath. 2 He did right in the sight of the Lord and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he turn aside to the right or to the left.
3 Now in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan, the son of Azaliah the son of Meshullam the scribe, to the house of the Lord saying, 4 "Go up to Hilkiah the high priest that he may count the money brought in to the house of the Lord which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people. 5 Let them deliver it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord, and let them give it to the workmen who are in the house of the Lord to repair the damages of the house, 6 to the carpenters and the builders and the masons and for buying timber and hewn stone to repair the house. 7 Only no accounting shall be made with them for the money delivered into their hands, for they deal faithfully."
8 Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, "I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord." And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan who read it. 9 Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought back word to the king and said, "Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord." 10 Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, "Hilkiah the priest has given me a book." And Shaphan read it in the presence of the king.
11 When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. 12 Then the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Achbor the son of Micaiah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king's servant saying, 13 "Go, inquire of the Lord for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the Lord that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us."
14 So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter); and they spoke to her. 15 She said to them, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel, 'Tell the man who sent you to me, 16 thus says the Lord, "Behold, I bring evil on this place and on its inhabitants, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read. 17 Because they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods that they might provoke Me to anger with all the work of their hands, therefore My wrath burns against this place, and it shall not be quenched."' 18 But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the Lordthus shall you say to him, 'Thus says the Lord God of Israel, "Regarding the words which you have heard, 19 because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you," declares the Lord. 20 "Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place."'" So they brought back word to the king.