Reading chapters 17 – 19 of 2 Kings today…
“For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.” 2 Kings 18:6 (KJB)
Old, outdated, and antiquated are words we might hear from some older people about the Bible. We would probably hear it more from the mouths of the young, liberally “educated” college student.
The kings of Judah and Israel before Hezekiah were probably thinking they needed to be more “Up to date”, and trying to fit in with nations around them. After all the Law of Moses, and the commandments were hundreds of years old. They were written for the wilderness wanderers. What does that word have to do with me today; or the people I lead?
Israel had fallen. They had been taken captive into Assyria. It was because they had forsaken GOD, and His commandments (18:11-12). So how does this coincide with people of 2018, and days and years to come?
My answer to that is this: If it was good enough for Moses, Joshua, and Hezekiah; Hezekiah after hundreds of year; then it is good enough for me. Let me get one thing straight though. It is certain that not one of us can be saved by keeping of the Law of God. The Law was given to show us our weaknesses. It is solely by the grace of God that we can be in the presence of God, approaching His throne, and truly worshiping Him.
The word of God, the Law of God is as up to date as next weeks Newspaper, television News broadcast, and it is as up to date as next years Person of the Year publication of Time Magazine. The word of God is still like a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).
For Hezekiah, king of Judah loving GOD, and keeping His commandments was not a duty. He loved GOD, he loved GOD’S word, and he lived accordingly. Was Hezekiah perfect? No! He too was dependent upon the grace of GOD.
The full grace of GOD was displayed by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross hundreds of years later (over 600 years), and Jesus was buried, and He rose from the grave. It may have been around 2000 plus years ago; but He is still the only One who can save.
Old, Outdated, Antiquated? Maybe we are the ones who have been outdated… Something to think about.