Reading through the Bible together
While revivals renew a desire for a regenerated heart, reformations materialize it into action. A decision and its implementation are two things, but in the end both depend upon each other resulting in revival and reformation. As the previous chapter saw Josiah’s development of a biblical revival, this chapter witnesses the three ingredients necessary in a biblical reformation.
The first is the restoration of the Passover, one of the clearest reminders of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The Passover began when Israel was freed from Egypt, pointing to Christ’s blood that frees us from sin and worldly bondage and setting us on a course to Canaan. Great effort was expended to restore this Christ-centered type, from the actual sacrifice itself and the personnel involved, to a variety of smaller details. “There was no Passover like to that kept in Israelfrom the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a Passover as Josiah kept, and the priests, and the Levites, and all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem” (verse 8).
The second ingredient of reformation is a consistent fidelity to past scriptures. Josiah insisted that the reformation be according to David (verses 4, 15), according to Solomon (verse 4), and according to Moses (verse 6, 12). The king linked the reformation with past scriptures. It was not dead tradition, but a manifestation of present truth also, seen by the mention of Josiah’s commandments (verses10, 16). This kind of reformation not only honors past inspiration but finds a present conviction as well.
The third is the emphasis on all the people. Under the blood of the Passover, not only were they united, but they were giving up their genetic, spiritual, and personal identities for the new identity of being God’s people. Separate tribes, strangers, or foreigners no longer exist, but are new creations by the power of Christ. All revolves around God – time, diets, identities, values, finances, affections—all. The third ingredient in reformation is the “All-Factor”—all people, all things, all of Christ.
This reformation was not a new order, but the reestablishment of the original. While other reformation actions might be different in detail, they still retain the characteristics of the centrality of the cross of Christ, a biblical basis for belief, and an absolute affinity for all.
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