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There is a shared sense of celebration among those who have changed their lives for God.

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  • 1. Reason to CelebrateReason to Celebrate Great Oaks Summer 2012Great Oaks Summer 2012

2. 2 Kings 23:21-232 Kings 23:21-23 [21] Then the king commanded[21] Then the king commanded all the people saying,all the people saying, CelebrateCelebrate the Passover to thethe Passover to the LORD your God as it is writtenLORD your God as it is written in this book of the covenant.in this book of the covenant. 3. 2 Kings 23:21-232 Kings 23:21-23 [22] Surely such a Passover had not[22] Surely such a Passover had not beenbeen celebratedcelebrated from the days offrom the days of the judges who judged Israel, northe judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israelin all the days of the kings of Israel and of the kings of Judah. [23] Butand of the kings of Judah. [23] But in the eighteenth year of Kingin the eighteenth year of King JosiahJosiah, this, this PassoverPassover was observedwas observed to the LORD in Jerusalem.to the LORD in Jerusalem. 4. Why Was It So Special?Why Was It So Special? 5. 1) It started with1) It started with re-discoveringre-discovering thethe wordword of God.of God. Why Was It So Special?Why Was It So Special? 6. 2 Kings 22:8-112 Kings 22:8-11 [8] Then Hilkiah the high priest[8] Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe,said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of theI have found the book of the law in the house of the LORDlaw in the house of the LORD.. And Hilkiah gave the bookAnd Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan who read it.to Shaphan who read it. 7. 2 Kings 22:8-112 Kings 22:8-11 [9] Shaphan the scribe came to the[9] Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought back word to theking and brought back word to the king and said, Your servants haveking and said, Your servants have emptied out the money that wasemptied out the money that was found in the house, and havefound in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of thedelivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversightworkmen who have the oversight of the house of the LORD.of the house of the LORD. 8. 2 Kings 22:8-112 Kings 22:8-11 [10] Moreover, Shaphan the[10] Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying,scribe told the king saying, Hilkiah the priest has givenHilkiah the priest has given me a book. And Shaphan readme a book. And Shaphan read it in the presence of the king.it in the presence of the king. 9. 2 Kings 22:8-112 Kings 22:8-11 [11] When the king heard[11] When the king heard the words of the book of thethe words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.law, he tore his clothes. 10. 2) A2) A leaderleader humbledhumbled himselfhimself before God.before God. Why Was It So Special?Why Was It So Special? 11. 2 Kings 22:18-202 Kings 22:18-20 [18] But to the king of Judah[18] But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of thewho sent you to inquire of the LORD thus shall you say to him,LORD thus shall you say to him, Thus says the LORD God ofThus says the LORD God of Israel, Regarding the wordsIsrael, Regarding the words which you have heard,which you have heard, 12. 2 Kings 22:18-202 Kings 22:18-20 [19][19] because your heart wasbecause your heart was tender and you humbled yourselftender and you humbled yourself before the LORDbefore the LORD when you heardwhen you heard what I spoke against this place andwhat I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that theyagainst its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and ashould become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothescurse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly haveand wept before Me, I truly have heard you, declares the LORD.heard you, declares the LORD. 13. 2 Kings 22:18-202 Kings 22:18-20 [20] Therefore, behold, I will[20] Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers,gather you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to yourand you will be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes willgrave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the evil which I willnot see all the evil which I will bring on this place. So theybring on this place. So they brought back word to the king.brought back word to the king. 14. 2 Kings 23:1-32 Kings 23:1-3 [1] Then the king sent, and they[1] Then the king sent, and they gathered to him all the elders ofgathered to him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.Judah and of Jerusalem. 15. 2 Kings 23:1-32 Kings 23:1-3 [2] The king went up to the house of[2] The king went up to the house of the LORD and all the men of Judahthe LORD and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalemand all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests and thewith him, and the priests and the prophets and all the people, bothprophets and all the people, both small and great; and he read in theirsmall and great; and he read in their hearing all the words of the book ofhearing all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in thethe covenant which was found in the house of the LORD.house of the LORD. 16. 2 Kings 23:1-32 Kings 23:1-3 [3] The king stood by the pillar[3] The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before theand made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and toLORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep His commandments and Hiskeep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with alltestimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to carry outhis heart and all his soul, to carry out the words of this covenant that werethe words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all thewritten in this book. And all the people entered into the covenant.people entered into the covenant. 17. 2 Kings 23:252 Kings 23:25 [25] Before him there was no[25] Before him there was no king like him who turned to theking like him who turned to the LORD with all his heart and withLORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might,all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law ofaccording to all the law of Moses; nor did any like himMoses; nor did any like him arise after him.arise after him. 18. Judges 5:1-2Judges 5:1-2 [1] Then Deborah and Barak[1] Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang onthe son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying,that day, saying, [2] That the leaders led in Israel,[2] That the leaders led in Israel, That the people volunteered,That the people volunteered, Bless the LORD!Bless the LORD! 19. 3) They did the difficult3) They did the difficult work ofwork of removingremoving idolsidols.. Why Was It So Special?Why Was It So Special? 20. 2 Kings 23:242 Kings 23:24 [24] Moreover, Josiah removed[24] Moreover, Josiah removed the mediums and the spiritists andthe mediums and the spiritists and the teraphim and the idols and allthe teraphim and the idols and all the abominations that were seen inthe abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem,the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might confirm the wordsthat he might confirm the words of the law which were written inof the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priestthe book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD.found in the house of the LORD. 21. 2 Kings 23:152 Kings 23:15 [15] Furthermore, the altar[15] Furthermore, the altar that was at Bethel and the highthat was at Bethel and the high place whichplace which JeroboamJeroboam the son ofthe son of Nebat, who made Israel sin,Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, even that altar andhad made, even that altar and the high place he broke down.the high place he broke down. Then he demolished its stones,Then he demolished its stones, ground them to dust, andground them to dust, and burned the Asherah.burned the Asherah. 22. 2 Kings 23:132 Kings 23:13 [13] The high places which were[13] The high places which were before Jerusalem, which were on thebefore Jerusalem, which were on the right of the mount of destructionright of the mount of destruction whichwhich SolomonSolomon the king of Israel hadthe king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination ofbuilt for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for Chemosh thethe Sidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcomabomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the sons ofthe abomination of the sons of Ammon, the king defiled.Ammon, the king defiled. 23. 2 Kings 23:21-232 Kings 23:21-23 [21] Then the king commanded[21] Then the king commanded all the people saying,all the people saying, Celebrate the Passover to theCelebrate the Passover to the LORD your God as it is writtenLORD your God as it is written in this book of the covenant.in this book of the covenant. 24. 2 Kings 23:21-232 Kings 23:21-23 [22] Surely such a Passover had not[22] Surely such a Passover had not been celebrated from the days ofbeen celebrated from the days of the judges who judged Israel, northe judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israelin all the days of the kings of Israel and of the kings of Judah. [23] Butand of the kings of Judah. [23] But in the eighteenth year of Kingin the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was observedJosiah, this Passover was observed to the LORD in Jerusalem.to the LORD in Jerusalem. 25. There is a shared senseThere is a shared sense ofof celebrationcelebration amongamong those who havethose who have changedchanged theirtheir liveslives for God.for God.