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The Penitence of King Josiah.

The Penitence of King Josiah.

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REV. R. CECIL


II. Kings, xxii. 19.

Because thy heart was tender, and thon hast humbled thyself before the
Lord, when thou heardst what I spake against this place, and against
the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a
curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me ; I also have
heard thee, saith the Lord.
REV. R. CECIL


II. Kings, xxii. 19.

Because thy heart was tender, and thon hast humbled thyself before the
Lord, when thou heardst what I spake against this place, and against
the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a
curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me ; I also have
heard thee, saith the Lord.

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THE PEITECE OF KIG JOSIAH.REV. R. CECILII. Kings, xxii. 19.Because thy heart was tender, and thon hast humbled thyself before theLord, when thou heardst what I spake against this place, and againstthe inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and acurse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before me ; I also haveheard thee, saith the Lord.The Bible is written with a very different designfrom other histories. Other histories may be writtengenerally to instruct or to amuse ; but the Bible iswritten that, we may know the God who made us,and the God who will judge us ; and that we mayknow his mind concerning us, before we stand in judgment at his bar.We here find, therefore, a great number of Factsstated to us — Historical Facts; and they arc statedto us as Cases. They are Cases, in which God dis-covers his mind concerning this or that man, this orthat thing.One of these cases is before us : " Hilkiah the highpriest, said unto Shaphan, the scribe, I have foundthe book of the law in the house of the Lord. AndShaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, Hilkiahthe priest hath delivered me a book: and Shaphanread it before the king. And when the king hadheard the words of the book of the law, he rent hisclothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah thepriest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achborthe son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and438 SERMO [V.Asahiah a servant of the kings, saying, Go ye, in-quire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and forall Judah, concerning the words of this hook that isfound: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is
 
kindled against us, because our fathers have nothearkened unto the words of this book, to do accord-ing unto all that which is written concerning us.They went therefore, unto Huldah, a prophetess,the wife of Shallum. And she said unto them :Thus saith the Lord God of Israel. Tell the man thatsent you to me, Thus saith the Lord. Behold. I willbring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitantsthereof, even all the words of the book which theking of Judah hath read. Because they have for-saken me, and have burnt incense unto other gods,that they might provoke me to anger with all theworks of their hands, therefore my wrath shall bekindled against this place, and shall not be quench-ed. But to the king of Judah, which sent you toinquire of the Lord, thus shall ye say to him, Thussaith the Lord God of Israel, as touching the wordswhich thou hast heard: Because thy heart was ten-der, and thou hast humbled thyself before the. Lord,when thou heardst what 1 spake against this place,and against the inhabitants thereof, that they shouldDie a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thyclothes, and wept before me: 1 also have heard thee,saith the Lord. Behold, therefore, I will gather theeunto thy fathers, and thou shall be gathered unto thygrave in peace, and thine eyes shall not see all theevil which I will bring Upon this place, And theybrought the kiiiL r word again."From the words of the text, as they stand connect-ed with this part of sacred history, I propose,THE PEITECE OF KIG JOSIAH. 39First, to notice, in King Josiah, the evidences of acontrite spirit.And, secondly, the regard which God is pleased toshow to such a contrite spirit.I. Let us notice the contrite spirit of King Josiah.1. You will observe in the king a most affectionateand reverential regard to God's word.
 
"It came to pass when the king heard the wordsof the book of the law, that he rent his clothes." Youare to distinguish such a regard as this to the word of the Lord, from the suggestions of a scrupulous con-science. A scrupulous mind torments itself withevery superstitious notion which enters it. Such aconscience is to be distinguished, therefore, from atender conscience. A tender conscience is an inestim-able blessing, as we see in the text ; but a scrupulousconscience does nothing but torment a man. He hasmarked some omen, some tradition, some sign ; andtherefore he is uneasy : he has made sin, whereGod has made no sin : in short, he disregards whatthe Lord hath spoken. But this was not the casewith King Josiah : it was on hearing the word of the Lord that he rent his clothes. He found thestandard, and he saw how far the nation and himself fell short of that standard. This is the mark of a trulyhumble and contrite man: that he regards the stand-ard which God sets up, and acknowledges how farbelow that standard he falls.2. It is a second proof of a contrite mind, that itseeks information.The king not only heard the words of the book,but he said, " Go ye, inquire of the Lord for me, andfor the people :" and they went to Huldah, a pro-phetess. Huldah, though a woman, was in office.40 SERMO IV.It pleased God to endue her with a spirit of prophecy.11 And she said, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I willbring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitantsthereof, even all the words of the book which theking of Judah hath read." In consequence of thisdenunciation, the king was willing to bow down tothe word of the Lord, and accept of forgiveness inany way God was pleased to send it. How far wasthis spirit from that of the proud and sceptical man,who will undertake to think for himself in matterstoo high for him, and is unwilling to receive adviceat all in God's way. A man of such a contrite spiritas Josiah's will not only read the word of God him-

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