Losing, Forgetting, & Finding!!
North Seattle Bible Students Convention
March 26,2011
Bro. John Blackwell
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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”
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Why was finding a lost book important?
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It was the Book of the Law
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communication had been from memory
much, if not most, of Word of God lost
a proper condition of heart shown
immediate action taken
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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
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What kind of king was Josiah?
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One of few righteous kings of Israel
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Greatest reform king of Israel
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Prophecy-Josiah’s Reform300 Years Before-I Kings 13:1-3
“Deuteronomic Reform”
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Celebrated the Passover as never before
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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
people.
(Tax Money for Renovations)
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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
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King Josiah’s Reaction and Action
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He rent his clothes
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He sought direction from the LORD
The LORD’s reply
Josiah’s condition of heart pleased God
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Josiah’s Action
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The Law was read to the elders
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Josiah made a covenant with the Lord
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Kept the Passover like no other had been
kept from the days of Samuel!
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Lessons to be Learned
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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
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Gospel Church Deteriorates
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God’s Word was lost from sight
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Grasping for power led to hierarchy of
organization
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Formulation of creeds
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Strong heathen influence
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Organization of Church
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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
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Formulation of Creeds
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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
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Unscriptural practices became deeply
rooted
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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
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Prelude to Reformation
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Famine in the land for word of God
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Evidences of true church in wilderness
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Peter Waldo (1200’s)
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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
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Prelude to Reformation
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Wycliffe (1320 – 1384)
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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”
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Prelude to Reformation
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Huss (1369 - 1414)
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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
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Reformation
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Luther (1483 – 1546)
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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
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Reformation
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Some of Luther’s teachings included
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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
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Reformation
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Zwingli (1484 – 1531)
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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
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Reformation
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Calvin (1509 – 1564) in France
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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.
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Reformation
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Tyndale
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Acquainted with Luther’s teachings
Lived in England
Translated Bible into English in 1526
Suffered martyr’s death in 1536
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The Lost Book is Found!
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Scriptures were translated into various languages of
the people
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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
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The 19th Century
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William Miller (1782-1849)-- study of time prophecies drew
attention to second advent of our Lord
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Charles Russell (1852-1916)
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“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
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Assembled, compiled, organized truths logically
Studies in the Scriptures-6 Volumes-Tabernacle
Many aids & tools to Bible study
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Summary
Lessons to be Learned
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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 03/10/2015
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
and
a Light unto my Path”
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