Records & Books

History is an account of facts. Nations and states have a history. But you also have a history of the church. Then there is the history of medicine, of war, of law, the history of man and even your family history. If you look at the history of your family you see patterns. The patterns could be migration, vocational, diseases, behavioral, or even spiritual. History will record you lived on earth but the chronicles of your life will provide dates, times, places and activities about you and your family.

God put 39 books together in the Old Testament and 27 books together for the New Testament. The 66 books make up God’s record to mankind, his word.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

2 Peter 1:20-21 KJV “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
[21] For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

People try to rewrite history by burning books, removing symbols of history, changing laws and teaching new doctrines. Just look at the removal of school prayer, the removal of the Ten Commandments, nativity scenes and yes even the Confederate flag. Removing these objects, burning books or teaching some new doctrine of philosophy does not change the facts. Eventually Chronicles are found that list dates, times and events and even books are found showing a different history. In 2nd Kings chapter 22 and 23 we see a book was found by Hilkiah the high priest and Hilkiah tells the Scribe Shaphan I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan the scribe.

That book changed everything because when Shaphan the scribe brought the book to the king he read the book to the king and the king rent his clothes. The king realized why their nation was having all the problems they were having. The king realized how the nation had turned away from God. So the king repented. The king sends them to inquire of the Lord.

The high priest, the scribe and two others go to inquire of the Lord. Guess where they went. They went to Huldah , the prophetess, who lived in Jerusalem, and the college. She was married to Shallum, and his family tree was The Keeper of the Wardrobe. God took time to record Shallum’s family was in the clothing business. What did Huldah the prophetess tell them?

2 Kings 22:13-20 KJV “Go ye, enquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.
[14] So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asahiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the college;) and they communed with her.
[15] And she said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me,
[16] Thus saith the Lord , Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read:
[17] Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.
[18] But to the king of Judah which sent you to enquire of the Lord , thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, As touching the words which thou hast heard;
[19] Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord , when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me; I also have heard thee , saith the Lord .
[20] Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.”

Because of a book – a record – the nation repented and turned back to God. It wasn’t just telling God they were sorry, they made changes. They got rid of ungodly vessels, got rid of idolatrous priests, broke down the homes of sodomites (homosexuals), took horses and chariots away from those worshipping animals and the environment and burned the chariots. They even went to the graves of those who caused Israel to sin, took their bones out of their graves and burned their bones.

Taking a stand for Jesus Christ may not be easy today, but we must and we are light. When troubles come to nations and it will now come to America too because leaders have promoted ungodliness we need to pray and live for God no matter what.

What about the record God has on you? We will look at this next time.

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