As described in 2 Chronicles 35-36, a Passover celebration which had not been observed for many years was now occurring because of the good leadership of Josiah. The Temple was in order, there was peace, and happiness during this time. Then Josiah went to battle against Neco who was king of Egypt and a fatal blow occurred which opened the flood-gates to future miseries. Josiah was killed in battle and the kings to follow him would be a disaster to Judah.
The north part of Israel fell to Assyria. The southern part called Judah would eventually collapse due to the Babylonians and king Nebuchadnezzar. God had given this warning to Solomon when the Temple was first built: But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples (V. 2 CH 7:19-20).
When the focus is on God, there is a clear advantage. History tells us how important it is to follow His plans, attend to detail, and put things in order. Let us walk in His ways day by day and stay focused on His presence. God is not distant but near. Click on the Internet through your computer, tablet, or smart phone and be reminded of this amazing truth throughout your day.
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