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2018-11-07 ILC Chapel — God Delayed Calamity for a…

2018 Chapels -
God Delayed Calamity for a King Who Repented

 

Date : 2018-11-07
Speaker : Retired Professor David Lau
2 Chronicles 34:20-28
20 Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying, 21 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for those who are left in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do according to all that is written in this book.”

22 So Hilkiah and those the king had appointed went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tokhath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe. (She dwelt in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter.) And they spoke to her to that effect.

23 Then she answered them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me, 24 “Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants, all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah, 25 because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath will be poured out on this place, and not be quenched.’ ” ’ 26 But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, in this manner you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Concerning the words which you have heard— 27 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord. 28 “Surely I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place.

Hymn: TLH 579, st. 2,3,5: Almighty Lord, before Thy Throne

Hymnary.org Organ Audio


2. Dark judgments from Thy heavy hand 
Thy dreadful pow’r display; 
Yet mercy spares our guilty land, 
And still we live to pray. 

3. How changed, alas, are truths divine 
For error, guilt, and shame! 
What impious numbers, bold in sin, 
Disgrace the Christian name! 

5. Then, should oppressing foes invade, 
We will not yield to fear, 
Secure of all-sufficient aid 
When God in Christ is near.