Josiah, so deeply convicted by God’s Word, cleansed the nation of Judah from every idol, high place, altar and form of worship other than the worship of the one true God (see 2 Kings 22-23). But Josiah did not just cleanse out the bad. He went the rest of the way and replaced the bad with the good.
These events brought a time of great restoration to Judah. 2 Chronicles 35:18 says that the celebration of the Passover was so great that “‘there had been no Passover kept in Israel like that since the days of Samuel the prophet “
The Word of God is living and powerful! It is a consuming fire! When we allow the entrance of God’s Word into a situation, or circumstance, or into our heart, great things begin to happen. We change; and because we change, everything we influence also begins to change.
Without God’s Word, we are weakened and our convictions can be easily swayed. We can get caught between two “minds” or beliefs. We can begin to doubt God and the power of His promises.
But with the strengthening fire of God’s Word and the grace of God, we can be mightily used of the Lord – even to the changing of a nation!
A LAMP AND LIGHT
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path” (Ps 119:105).
This is such a familiar scripture to us as leaders that we might overlook the significance of God’s Word as light. In Psalm 119:130 the writer declares, “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. ” In to our minds darkened by sin, and into situations we encounter in our dark and sin-filled world, the entrance of the Word of God brings light. The Word is a light that can illuminate any situation or person, no matter how bound by sin or broken by failure.
We can begin to see how the light of God’s Word disperses and defeats darkness by looking at just one word of one verse in the Gospel of John. In John 1:5, the Holy Spirit reveals that “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.” That Light is Jesus He is the personification and exact representation of the Word of God; and, as the Word of God, He is the Giver of all the words of God.
The Greek word for “comprehend” is katalambano. This is a unique and special word in the Greek language in which the New Testament was written. In His wisdom, God chose this language because it is flexible, yet very accurate and precise in its linguistic characteristics. This word for “comprehend” in John 1:5 is a perfect example.
The Greek word katalambano (comprehend) can be interpreted three ways in this verse. All three interpretations are theologically and doctrinally correct and do not contradict each other. Rather, they complement each other in this particular verse. By using katalambano in this passage, the Holy Spirit gives us greater insight into scriptural truths. Let us briefly examine the three equally correct interpretations of this word.