5/12/18 Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 23-25, Acts 6, Proverbs 12
This king is a take charge and serve God kinda guy huh?
2 Kings 23:1-3 (NKJV)
Now the king sent them to gather all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem to him. The king went up to the house of the LORD with all the men of Judah, and with him all the inhabitants of Jerusalem–the priests and the prophets and all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the LORD. Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to follow the LORD and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people took a stand for the covenant.
The reading of the Law (23:1-3)
23:1-2. The king did not wait for the temple renovation to be completed before he called the assembly described here; this convocation took place soon after the Law was discovered. To this important temple ceremony he summoned all the elders… the priests, and prophets (no doubt including Jeremiah and Zephaniah) and all the people from the least to the greatest. The king read… all the words of the Book. Perhaps this was the whole Pentateuch but more likely it was the sections promising blessing for obedience and discipline for disobedience (Deut. 27:15-28:68).
23:3. Standing by the pillar (cf. 11:14) in the temple courtyard the king led the people in a rededication of themselves to the Lord and His Word. He first pledged himself to follow the Lord faithfully and to carry out the words written in the Law of Moses (cf. 1 Kings 2:3). Then all the people promised to do the same (cf. Ex. 19:8; Josh. 24:21-24). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.
Acts 6:3-4 (NKJV)
Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”