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Chapters 18-25 tell the story of the fall of Judah and subsequent exile at the hands of the Babylonians. The one difference (in Judah’s fall and Israel’s fall) that makes these chapters a bit more pleasant to read is the characters of Hezekiah and Josiah. Each of these men were devoted to God, detested the pagan worship, and demanded reform which led to brief revival in Judah.
Observations Concerning Revival:
1. Revivals often begin because of the work that God does in one or just a few persons.
2. Encounters with God in the Word of God ought to convict us of sin. Josiah’s reforms were initiated because the Book of the Law (probably the first five books of our Bible) was re-discovered. When we neglect God’s word we fall victim to sin. The slide was so great for Israel and Judah that they actually lost God’s Word as a result of neglecting God’s Word.
3. Revivals can happen only as the result of dealing seriously with sin. Hezekiah and Josiah did something even the other “good” kings did not do. They rid the nation of false gods and idol worship places.
4. Revival of worship towards God is only momentary if sin returns.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com.