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Losing, Forgetting, & Finding!!. North Seattle Bible Students Convention March 26,2011 Bro. John Blackwell. Lost Book is Found… A lesson in Jewish & Church History. King Josiah – 659-628 BC - 31 Year Reign 5 th Last King

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losing forgetting finding

Losing, Forgetting, & Finding!!

North Seattle Bible Students Convention

March 26,2011

Bro. John Blackwell

lost book is found a lesson in jewish church history
Lost Book is Found…A lesson in Jewish & Church History

King Josiah – 659-628 BC - 31 Year Reign

5th Last King

Matt.1:10-Genealogy of Jesus

“Last good thing to happen to Israel before 70 Year Desolation”

  • Why was finding a lost book important?
    • It was the Book of the Law
      • communication had been from memory
      • much, if not most, of Word of God lost
      • a proper condition of heart shown
      • immediate action taken
who was josiah 2 kings 22 2 chron 34
Who was Josiah? 2 Kings 22 & 2 Chron. 34
  • Josiah was 8 years old when began reign of 31 years
  • In eighth year of reign,

he began to seek after the

God of David his father

  • In twelfth year, he began

to purge Judah , Jerusalem of idolatry

what kind of king was josiah
What kind of king was Josiah?
  • One of few righteous kings of Israel
  • Greatest reform king of Israel
  • Prophecy-Josiah’s Reform300 Years Before-I Kings 13:1-3

“Deuteronomic Reform”

  • Celebrated the Passover as never before
josiah as reformer
Josiah as Reformer
  • Spent 6 years purging the land of idolatry
  • Personally attended

to enforce destruction

of idol worship

  • Began to repair the

house of the Lord with

money gathered from the

people.

(Tax Money for Renovations)

the lost book is found
The Lost Book is Found!
  • Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law given by Moses
  • Shaphan the

scribe carried the

book to the king

  • It was read to

the king

king josiah s reaction and action
King Josiah’s Reaction and Action
  • He rent his clothes
  • He sought direction from the LORD
  • The LORD’s reply
  • Josiah’s condition of heart pleased God
josiah s action
Josiah’s Action
  • The Law was read to the elders
  • Josiah made a covenant with the Lord
  • Kept the Passover like no other had been kept from the days of Samuel!
lessons to be learned
Lessons to be Learned
  • Story of Josiah parallel to Gospel Age
  • Israel given law of God in time of Moses
  • Early church given Word of God through Christ and the Apostles
  • Israel turned quickly to idolatry, corruption, ignoring law of God
  • Signs of deterioration came quickly to early church
  • Reaction to finding something lost, Action taken
gospel church deteriorates
Gospel Church Deteriorates
  • God’s Word was lost from sight
    • Grasping for power led to hierarchy of organization
    • Formulation of creeds
    • Strong heathen influence
organization of church
Organization of Church
  • Organization simple in Apostles’ day with elders and deacons servants of church
  • Elders, or bishops, began to rule church
  • Distinction formed between clergy and laity
  • Bishops alone had authority to read and interpret scripture
  • One bishop acquired power over other
  • Bishops of large churches in big cities more important than those from smaller.
  • Rome became chief city, thus bishop of Rome called pope or “father” from Latin word.
  • This called Episcopal form of church government
formulation of creeds
Formulation of Creeds
  • Creeds – credo – “I believe”
  • 325 A.D. Nicean Council – first written creed
  • 381 A.D. Council of Constantinople – doctrine of Trinity declared creed
  • Other councils/other creeds
  • End of study of these doctrines
unscriptural practices became deeply rooted
Unscriptural practices became deeply rooted
  • Exorcism
  • Prayers for dead
  • Belief in purgatory
  • Lord’s supper became sacrifice of mass; priests as administrators
  • Sharp division between clergy and laity
  • Veneration of martyrs, saints and their relics
  • Worship of Mary
  • Superstition and belief in magical powers
  • Images and altars in churches
  • Gorgeous vestments for clergy; splendid rituals
  • Pilgrimages to holy places
  • Monasticism
  • Persecution of heathen and heretics
prelude to reformation
Prelude to Reformation
  • Famine in the land for word of God
  • Evidences of true church in wilderness
    • Peter Waldo (1200’s)
      • Did not believe in mass, prayers for dead, purgatory
      • Prayers offered in house or stable as effective as in church
      • His followers, called Waldenses, practiced lay preaching and grew in number
prelude to reformation1
Prelude to Reformation
  • Wycliffe (1320 – 1384)
    • Criticized clergy’s wealth, corruption & political power
    • Believed church should return to poverty and simplicity of apostles’ times
    • Pope was antichrist
    • Bible should be rule of faith only
    • Translated Bible into English
    • Disciples named “Lollards”
prelude to reformation2
Prelude to Reformation
  • Huss (1369 - 1414)
    • Became familiar with Wycliffe’s teachings and taught them boldly
    • Believed that Christ was head of church
    • Distinguished between being in the church and of the church
    • Condemned practice of indulgences
    • Burned at stake
    • Followers called Hussites
reformation
Reformation
  • Luther (1483 – 1546)
    • Luther spoke up against Tetzel’s conduct regarding indulgences
    • In 1517 nailed 95 theses on door of Castle Church in Wittenberg
    • Within 4 weeks, news of this had spread all over Europe
reformation1
Reformation
  • Some of Luther’s teachings included
    • Rejection of Papacy
    • Distinction between clergy and laity was discarded; no place for bishops or priests
    • Justification by faith alone
    • Denial of the mass
    • Denial that bread and wine were changed into literal body of Christ
    • There is only one visible church – Roman had departed from the New Testament Church
    • Believed that everyone has right and duty to read and study Word of God for himself
    • Believed in education of church, that each should be thoroughly grounded in doctrine
    • Translated Bible into German
reformation2
Reformation
  • Zwingli (1484 – 1531)
    • Reformed church in German-speaking Switzerland
    • Lord’s supper bread and wine were symbols only of body and blood of Christ
    • Images were removed from church buildings
    • Mass abolished
    • Altars, relics, processions were discarded
reformation3
Reformation
  • Calvin (1509 – 1564) in France
    • Believed election and predestination most important doctrine
    • Simplified church organization into four scriptural offices – pastors, teachers, elders, deacons
    • Departed as far as possible from form of Roman church
    • Denied state any power over the church
    • Believed everyone has right and duty to read and study the word of God for himself
    • Believed in education of members of church
    • Sermon the main form of church service
    • Translated Bible into French.
reformation4
Reformation
  • Tyndale
    • Acquainted with Luther’s teachings
    • Lived in England
    • Translated Bible into English in 1526
    • Suffered martyr’s death in 1536
the lost book is found1
The Lost Book is Found!
  • Scriptures were translated into various languages of the people
    • 1516, Erasmus published Greek New Testament
    • 1522 Luther translated NT into German; 1532 entire Bible into German
    • 1526 Tyndale translated Bible into English
    • Calvin translated into French
    • 1611 King James version of Bible published
    • 1710, Francke published Bibles in inexpensive form for people
    • 1804 onwards Bible Societies were formed
the 19th century
The 19th Century
  • William Miller (1782-1849)-- study of time prophecies drew attention to second advent of our Lord
  • Charles Russell (1852-1916)
    • “Blessed is that servant…”
    • “I will come in to him and will sup with him..”
    • “He shall make him ruler over all his goods”
    • Storehouse of His Word opened up through
      • Assembled, compiled, organized truths logically
      • Studies in the Scriptures-6 Volumes-Tabernacle
      • Many aids & tools to Bible study
summary lessons to be learned
SummaryLessons to be Learned
  • Story of Josiah parallel to Gospel Age
  • Israel given law of God in time of Moses
  • Early church given Word of God through Christ and the Apostles
  • Israel turned quickly to idolatry, corruption, ignoring law of God
  • Signs of deterioration came quickly to early church
  • Reaction to finding something lost, Action taken
  • Learn from this
lost book understanding is found
Lost Book & ….. Understanding is Found!
  • Let us read it, study it and feast upon it!

Psalms 119:105

“Thy Word is a Lamp

unto my Feet

and

a Light unto my Path”

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