Our Daily Bread Devotional

Our Daily Bread 23rd June 2022 || ODB For Today Devotional

Our Daily Bread 23rd June 2022 || ODB For Today Devotional

Our Daily Bread 23rd June 2022 || ODB For Today Devotional

Our Daily Bread 23rd June 2022 || ODB For Today Devotional

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Our Daily Bread 23 June 2022 Devotional For Today, Thursday: Message Written By Tim Gustafson (Our Daily Bread Ministries) || ODB  Daily Reading Now 

TOPIC: Drastic Measures

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: 2 Kings 23:3–7

3 The king stood by the pillarl and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.

4 The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel.

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5 He did away with the idolatrous priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem—those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts.

Our Daily Bread 23rd June 2022 || ODB For Today Devotional

6 He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the Lord to the Kidron Valleys outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the dust over the graves of the common people.

7 He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes that were in the temple of the Lord, the quarters where women did weaving for Asherah.

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KEY VERSE: The king . . . renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands. – 2 Kings 23:3

Our Daily Bread 23rd June 2022 || ODB For Today Devotional

 

BIBLE IN A YEAR: Esther 9–10; Acts 7:1–21

ODB FOR TODAY’S INSIGHT (JUNE 23, 2022): The covenant-renewal activities of King Josiah in 2 Kings 23:3–7 included house cleaning—the “[removal] from the temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah” (v. 4). Baal (a word that means “owner, lord”) was the most prominent deity among the gods of the Canaanites. It was believed that Baal (the god of life and fertility) controlled the rainfall and crop production. Asherah was the female companion of Baal.

Depending on the context, sometimes the word Asherah (translated “grove” or “groves” in the kjv) can refer to the deity itself (2 Kings 21:7) or to the cult objects associated with her worship (1 Kings 14:23). Anything that usurps God’s rule in our lives is an idol and must be eliminated.

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 MESSAGE

The ornate ceremonial bow and quiver had hung on the wall of our home in Michigan for years. I’d inherited them from my father, who acquired the souvenirs while we were serving as missionaries in Ghana.

Then one day a Ghanaian friend visited us. When he saw the bow, he got a strange look on his face. Pointing to a small object tied to it he said, “That is a fetish—a magic charm. I know it has no power, but I would not keep it in my house.” Quickly we cut the charm from the bow and discarded it. We didn’t want anything in our home intended for the worship of something other than God.

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Josiah, king in Jerusalem, grew up with little knowledge of God’s expectations for His people. When the high priest rediscovered the Book of the Law in the long-neglected temple (2 Kings 22:8), Josiah wanted to hear it. As soon as he learned what God had said about idolatry, he ordered sweeping changes to bring Judah into compliance with God’s law—changes far more drastic than merely cutting a charm from a bow (see 2 Kings 23:3–7).

Our Daily Bread 23rd June 2022 || ODB For Today Devotional

Believers today have more than King Josiah did—much, much more. We have the entire Bible to instruct us. We have each other. And we have the vital filling of the Holy Spirit, who brings things to light, large and small, that we might otherwise overlook.

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REFLECT: Can you describe a time when a believer wisely pointed out a change you needed to make? What things in your life might be offensive to God?

PRAY: Heavenly Father, by the work of the Holy Spirit, help me steer clear of anything that’s offensive to You.

Our Daily Bread Devotional 23rd June 2022. Our Daily Bread Ministries  (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread.

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