Israel’s kings recurringly failed to obey God’s Law in leading Israel. Some kings tried to please God in their tenure, but others who ended up taking over after them did the opposite. The result of their disobedience and worship of other gods led to them being defeated by enemy nations, captured in some instances, and to God’s temple being stolen from and destroyed.
The Israelites of those ages only had access to God’s Law by proxy — the priests — who often got swayed along with the people whenever their kings led them astray through their disobedient practices. It’s no wonder that along with losing a sense of obedience and battles against enemy nations; they also dealt with the consequences of a destroyed physical temple and a misplaced book of Law. So they literally couldn’t worship God or access His Law in order to obey it.
“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right… In the eighteenth year of his reign, after he had purified the land and the Temple, Josiah appointed Shaphan son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the governor of Jerusalem, and Joah son of Joahaz, the royal historian, to repair the Temple of the Lord his God. While they were bringing out the money collected at the Lord’s Temple, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord that was written by Moses… When the king heard what was written in the Law, he tore his clothes in despair.”
— 2 Chronicles 34:1-2, 8, 14, 19 NLT
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What I’m led to highlight and remind us is that we are privileged and loved to have direct access to God — His Law, Love and Power. (I call this God’s LLP). Not just because we have and can read physical Bibles, but more importantly because His Word is written deep within us and inscribed on our hearts; in Spiritual Temples where they can’t be destroyed or misplaced. So we never have to find ourselves in situations where we’re unable to worship or obey Him because it’s in His strength we do both.
We are privileged to know, access and relate with God the Father, Son and Spirit; and therefore loved because God forgives us and doesn’t remember our sins.
“The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the Lord. “But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
— Jeremiah 31:31-34 NLT
See also Hebrews 10:15-18 NLT
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I pray that as God’s chosen people, we lean completely into this ultimate privilege and ask that we remain enabled to do what pleases Him.