Even the alter at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin – even that alter and high place he demolished. 2 Kings 23:15
“Even that alter…”, Josiah was bringing a reformation like never before! Verse 25 says, Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did – with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength… In the list of all that Josiah was bringing about it stood out to me that the alter at Bethel was sort of singled out like when someone is telling a great story and they add with excitement that last detail, that wow factor, that thing you would least expect and really makes your mind reel with awe and wonder at the whole thing! So I dug deeper…
Courson’s Commentary relaid that here we see Josiah ushering a revival in Judah but also in Bethel, which was to the north in Israel. Even though at this time most of Israel had been taken to Assyria there was still a remnant of Gods people there. Josiah was concerned about the remnant.
How concerned are we about the remnant? Who or what might we consider the outlier in our lives? Jesus died EVEN for that sin; EVEN for that person. We may be tempted to overlook that area; but then I remember Jesus washed Judas feet too.
“Jesus can give me all the ‘how to’s’ in the world but if I don’t WANT to forgive, if I don’t WANT to love, my heart will remain hard.” Then I end up being the one ultimately left hurting while the devil sits back and gloats due to all the discomfort I cause myself!
Might we be willing to ask Jesus to do a revival in our hearts? A revival so great that the “remnant” in our lives, (that one that is unkind, that one that hurt us, that one situation or circumstance that causes such strife) EVEN THAT, He might be able to give us a heart to love, forgive and to care for in sincerity and truth?!
Independent Read: Romans 12