September 23 - 1 John 1, 2 Chronicles 34 and Psalm 89.19-37
The First Letter of
The Word of Life
1 John 1 We write to you about the Word of life, which has existed from the very beginning. We have heard it, and we have seen it with our eyes; yes, we have seen it, and our hands have touched it. 2When this life became visible, we saw it; so we speak of it and tell you about the eternal life which was with the Father and was made known to us. 3What we have seen and heard we announce to you also, so that you will join with us in the fellowship that we have with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4We write this in order that our joy may be complete.
God Is Light
the message that we have heard from his Son and announce
is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in
him. 6If, then, we say that we have fellowship
with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we
are lying both in our words and in our actions. 7But
if we live in the light--just as he is in the light--then
we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of
Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin.
King Josiah of Judah
2 Chronicles 34 Josiah was eight years old when he became king of Judah, and he ruled in Jerusalem for thirty-one years. 2He did what was pleasing to the LORD; he followed the example of his ancestor King David, strictly obeying all the laws of God.
Josiah Attacks Pagan Worship
3In the eighth year that Josiah was king, while he was still very young, he began to worship the God of his ancestor King David. Four years later he began to destroy the pagan places of worship, the symbols of the goddess Asherah, and all the other idols. 4Under his direction the altars where Baal was worshiped were smashed, and the incense altars near them were torn down. They ground to dust the images of Asherah and all the other idols and then scattered the dust on the graves of the people who had sacrificed to them. 5He burned the bones of the pagan priests on the altars where they had worshiped. By doing all this, he made Judah and Jerusalem ritually clean again. 6He did the same thing in the cities and the devastated areas of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, and as far north as Naphtali. 7Throughout the territory of the Northern Kingdom he smashed the altars and the symbols of Asherah, ground the idols to dust, and broke into bits all the incense altars. Then he returned to Jerusalem.
The Book of the Law Is
the eighteenth year of his reign, after he had purified
the land and the Temple by ending pagan worship, King
Josiah sent three men to repair the Temple of the LORD God: Shaphan son of Azaliah,
Maaseiah, the governor of Jerusalem, and Joah son of
Joahaz, a high official. 9The money that the
Levite guards had collected in the Temple was turned over
to Hilkiah the High Priest. (It had been collected from
the people of Ephraim and Manasseh and the rest of the
Northern Kingdom, and from the people of Judah, Benjamin,
and Jerusalem.) 10This money was then handed
over to the three men in charge of the Temple repairs,
and they gave it to 11the carpenters and the
builders to buy the stones and the timber used to repair
the buildings that the kings of Judah had allowed to
decay. 12The men who did the work were
thoroughly honest. They were supervised by four Levites:
Jahath and Obadiah of the clan of Merari, and Zechariah
and Meshullam of the clan of Kohath. (The Levites were
all skillful musicians.) 13Other Levites were
in charge of transporting materials and supervising the
workers on various jobs, and others kept records or
served as guards.
Josiah Makes a Covenant
to Obey the LORD
29King Josiah summoned all the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, 30and together they went to the Temple, accompanied by the priests and the Levites and all the rest of the people, rich and poor alike. Before them all the king read aloud the whole book of the covenant, which had been found in the Temple. 31He stood by the royal column and made a covenant with the LORD to obey him, to keep his laws and commands with all his heart and soul, and to put into practice the demands attached to the covenant, as written in the book. 32He made the people of Benjamin and everyone else present in Jerusalem promise to keep the covenant. And so the people of Jerusalem obeyed the requirements of the covenant they had made with the God of their ancestors. 33King Josiah destroyed all the disgusting idols that were in the territory belonging to the people of Israel, and as long as he lived, he required the people to serve the LORD, the God of their ancestors.
God's Promise to David
Psalm 89 19In
a vision long ago you said to your faithful servants,
This reading is from The Holy
Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American
Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
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