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Covenanting and True Reformation (1)

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  • raging_calvinist
    May 21, 2001 Expand Messages
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      True and thorough reformation comes by way of
      covenanting with God.<br><br>Consider the example of godly
      Josiah:<br><br>"And the king went up into the house of the LORD, and
      all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of
      Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and
      all the people, both small and great: and he read in
      their ears all the words of the book of the covenant
      which was found in the house of the LORD. And the king
      stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD,
      to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments
      and his testimonies and his statutes with all their
      heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this
      covenant that were written in this book. And all the
      people stood to the covenant.<br>And the king commanded
      Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second
      order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out
      of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were
      made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host
      of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in
      the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them
      unto Bethel. And he put down the idolatrous priests,
      whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense
      in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in
      the places round about Jerusalem; them also that
      burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon,
      and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
      And he brought out the grove from the house of the
      LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and
      burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to
      powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of
      the children of the people. And he brake down the
      houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the
      LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove. And
      he brought all the priests out of the cities of
      Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had
      burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down
      the high places of the gates that were in the
      entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the
      city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of
      the city. Nevertheless the priests of the high places
      came not up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but
      they did eat of the unleavened bread among their
      brethren. And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of
      the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his
      son or his daughter to pass through the fire to
      Molech. And he took away the horses that the kings of
      Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the
      house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the
      chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots
      of the sun with fire. And the altars that were on
      the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings
      of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had
      made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did
      the king beat down, and brake them down from thence,
      and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron. And
      the high places that were before Jerusalem, which
      were on the right hand of the mount of corruption,
      which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for
      Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh
      the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the
      abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
      And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the
      groves, and filled their places with the bones of men."
      (2 Kings 23:2-14)<br><br>continued...
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