November 12, Ⅱ Kings 11:12

Ⅱ Kings 11:12

‟ And he brought forth the king’s son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king. ”

Ⅱ Chronicles 23:11

‟ Then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king.  And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.”

The longer anyone reads into the Old Testament it seems like a weekly saga.  There has always, and still is,  a sadness in me when I read it.  Those people had a written history, so you think that they would have learned something along the way.  It seems like so many people were slain for their evil.  And what is so sad is when a mother can do such evil.  I have a feeling that this is the reason that the new preachers of today stay clear of what could be valuable resources for the sins of today.  All the punishments that whole groups of people suffered, because their leaders did not use the wisdom that God gave them, should be a warning to us today.

In this verse we have a child being made king.  A mere child.  But that child was raised in the temple.  That is all the child knew.  Imagine being raised in a church building and knowing you could never go outside and be seen.  Imagine not having other children to play with.  Now the Bible does not say that, but it says enough to let you know this child had to be secreted away, – during a mad rampage of another mother against all the children of her husband.  But remember this mother was a ruler and worshiped idols. Where was her wisdom as a leader?

This child was a fulfillment of a promise of God.  Never forget that.  Praise should be given here.

In the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 17, are the instructions concerning a king being set over the people.  One of the instructions is that this king was to be chosen by the LORD thy God.  Another is the kings were to keep a holy book.  That book is of the law given by God.  That book is part of our Bible of today.   That book, or testimony as the verse here says, was his guidance and a witness of God’s will.  They were the testaments, judgements, and statutes of Moses in which a copy would have been kept in the Ark.

Deuteronomy 4:44,45

‟ And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:  (45)  These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments., which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt, ”

Think how important these were to the people.  Think how important they were to the religious leaders.  Think how important they were for guiding a king.  Then think how young this king was.  This child-king would have already been studying the  testimony.”  So here is my thought about our time in this world.  Do we show our reverence to our testimony … the Bible?  Do we use it as a guide to rule our lives by?  Or have we just been presented it and never opened it.  Have we just ignored all that this book can instruct us in.  When you hold this book, do you feel the comfort that just physically holding it gives?  Are we ignoring the promises of this book?   Are we like some of the kings set over the Jews, and think we are above such knowledge and guidance?

If you were to be crowned king what would your guidance be?  If you were to add your experiences to the  testimony  what would your writings be about?  Would they give holy guidance to the next king to be responsible for it?  If that next king were to be your child what would you have in there to pass down to them?

My prayer is that we add to our testimony and keep it to “bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ”. (Revelation 1:2)

 

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