United Church of God, ia
Portland Oregon

Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People

The Delights of Obedience

A joy and peace of mind come from making right choices, from knowing you are conscientiously obeying God’s instruction in the pages of the Bible.

Before the time of King Josiah of Judah, the scroll containing the book of the law had been lost, along with the knowledge of God’s festivals.  But Hilkiah, the high priest, found that scroll, and Shaphan the scribe read it in the presence of young Josiah.  The repentant king quickly restored the true worship of God according to the instruction he found in the scroll. 

One of Josiah’s first steps in restoring proper worship of God was observing the Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread.  For a time the whole country caught the righteous favor of the youthful king, and a national festival observance ensued such as had not been seen since the days of Samuel the prophet (1 Chronicles 34-35).

Later that same spirit of obedience and joyful festival-keeping swept the Jewish settlements in the Holy Land during the days of Ezra and Nehemiah.  Not only did the people enjoy the physical aspects of these days, but the nation gained renewed understanding of God’s Word as well (Nehemiah 8:9-12).

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