Repairing What the Kings of Judah Destroyed

When Josiah was 26 years old he had to repair something that he never should have had to repair. It is written, “In the eighteenth year of [Josiah’s] reign, when he had purged the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.” Those men took the money that Josiah had authorized, delivered it to the priests, and in turn the money was turned over to the foremen and workers. Then the Bible notes, “They gave it to the craftsmen and builders to buy hewn stone and timber for beams, and to floor the houses which the kings of Judah had destroyed” (2 Chronicles 34:8-11).
Kings of Judah had destroyed the buildings associated with their own temple! How is it that a nation can have a leader who destroys the very things that make his nation great? Believe it or not, it happens.
Sometimes it happens in a congregation of God’s people.
In either case, it takes new strong leaders who will restore what God originally gave.

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Don Ruhl

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