Our Daily Bread Thursday 23 June 2022 Devotional || ODB Today Message
Our Daily Bread Devotional 23rd June 2022 || ODB Today
READ THURSDAY ODB DEVOTIONAL, OUR DAILY BREAD 23RD JUNE 2022 WRIITEN BY TIM GUSTAFSON (OUR DAILY BREAD MINISTRIES)
TOPIC: Drastic Measures
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: 2 Kings 23:3–7
The king . . . renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands. – 2 Kings 23:3
BIBLE IN A YEAR: Esther 9–10; Acts 7:1–21
The covenant-renewal activities of King Josiah in 2 Kings 23:3–7 included house cleaning—the “[removal] from the temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah” (v. 4). Baal (a word that means “owner, lord”) was the most prominent deity among the gods of the Canaanites. It was believed that Baal (the god of life and fertility) controlled the rainfall and crop production. Asherah was the female companion of Baal.
Depending on the context, sometimes the word Asherah (translated “grove” or “groves” in the kjv) can refer to the deity itself (2 Kings 21:7) or to the cult objects associated with her worship (1 Kings 14:23). Anything that usurps God’s rule in our lives is an idol and must be eliminated.
Our Daily Bread Thursday 23 June 2022 Devotional MESSAGE
The ornate ceremonial bow and quiver had hung on the wall of our home in Michigan for years. I’d inherited them from my father, who acquired the souvenirs while we were serving as missionaries in Ghana.
Then one day a Ghanaian friend visited us. When he saw the bow, he got a strange look on his face. Pointing to a small object tied to it he said, “That is a fetish—a magic charm. I know it has no power, but I would not keep it in my house.” Quickly we cut the charm from the bow and discarded it. We didn’t want anything in our home intended for the worship of something other than God.
Josiah, king in Jerusalem, grew up with little knowledge of God’s expectations for His people. When the high priest rediscovered the Book of the Law in the long-neglected temple (2 Kings 22:8), Josiah wanted to hear it. As soon as he learned what God had said about idolatry, he ordered sweeping changes to bring Judah into compliance with God’s law—changes far more drastic than merely cutting a charm from a bow (see 2 Kings 23:3–7).
Believers today have more than King Josiah did—much, much more. We have the entire Bible to instruct us. We have each other. And we have the vital filling of the Holy Spirit, who brings things to light, large and small, that we might otherwise overlook.
Our Daily Bread Thursday 23rd June 2022 Devotional
REFLECT: Can you describe a time when a believer wisely pointed out a change you needed to make? What things in your life might be offensive to God?
PRAY: Heavenly Father, by the work of the Holy Spirit, help me steer clear of anything that’s offensive to You.
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Our Daily Bread Thursday 23 June 2022 Devotional Message. Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread. our daily bread booklet. Our Daily Bread 23rd June 2022 ODB Devotional.