“I know! Let’s do something that hasn’t been done in hundreds of years!”
That’s basically what Josiah said in 2 Chronicles 34-35 when he decided to lead the Jews to celebrate the Passover. Honestly, it would’ve been a pretty daunting task. Previous kings had greatly neglected God’s system of worship – so much so that when they were rummaging through the Temple one day they found a dusty old scroll. Many people would have pushed it aside or thrown it away, but Hilkiah the priest knew it was something special. He brushed it off, handed it to Shaphan the scribe, and Shaphan carried it to the king. Shaphan reported to the king all that had been happening: what people were doing, how the money was being spent, and then he mentioned, “Oh yeah, and we found this book, check it out” (my own paraphrase, of course). What happens next proves the power of God’s Word…
As the book is read to the king, he tears his clothes in mourning, and immediately inquires what he needs to do. God’s Word convicted him, and he sprung into action. More people need to have this reaction! And keep in mind, he wasn’t even reading from what many would call “the interesting” part of the Bible, the New Testament. There was no mention of John 3:16, the grace of God, or Jesus. It was Moses, the Law, and Levitical Law (sounds fun, right?). As Paul would pen hundreds of years later, “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God…” – even the Law!
King Josiah decided that they were going to celebrate the Passover in a way that it hadn’t been celebrated in a long time. He kicked it off by giving from his own herd to jump start the sacrificing. His officials followed suit, and the rest of the people got in line to do their part. My favorite part of the text comes in 2 Chronicles 35:15…
“And the singers, the sons of Asaph,were in their places… Also the gatekeepers were at each gate; they did not have to leave their position, because their brethren the Levites prepared portions for them.”
Everyone was in their places. They pinpointed their gifts and talents, then put them to use. The singers in their place, gatekeepers in their place, and so on. No one had to leave their spot because everyone did their part! What happens when everyone is in their places serving as they should?
“There had been no Passover kept in Israel like that since the days of Samuel the prophet…” – 2 Chronicles 35:18
The Passover hadn’t been kept like that in over 400 years!
When God’s people are in their places doing what they’re supposed to be doing, God can do unprecedented things through us!
Serving as a part of the church isn’t a suggestion – it’s part of following Jesus. We’ve been given gifts that we’re called to regift for the benefit of others and the glory of God.
God wants to do unprecedented things through our generation, so get in your place and get going!