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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


    (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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


    a Light unto my Path”