Keeping the Old Fresh

2 Chronicles 35:18-19 NIV

18 The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem. 19 This Passover was celebrated in the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign.

The eighteen-year old king made a difference in the Passover that had not been experienced since the days of Samuel. That is a good many years between! Something had clicked in the head of this young king that brought back the importance and significance of this age-old ceremony. What ignited and made this old observance fresh? In cleaning the house of God at the king’s command, the priest’s discovered the long forgotten Book of God. It was read to Josiah and he immediately understood its reality and significance responding by obeying the commands.

What keeps the old fresh for the believer in Jesus Christ? In the same way Josiah read the Book and was refreshed, so also the Christian reads God’s Word and is renewed to serve. When God’s people fail to study the Book they are called to walk in, things begin to breakdown, are forgotten and ignored. And to think, an eighteen-year old young man who had a desire for God energized the whole recovery. Sometimes it takes the old time reading of the scriptures to remind us what God says for keeping the old fresh.

J. Robert Hanson



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