LOST IN THE TEMPLE
by Babangida Joseph
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Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money which has been brought into the house of the LORD, which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people.
And let them deliver it into the hands of those doing the work, who are overseers in the house of the LORD; let them give it to those who are in the house of the LORD doing the work, to repair the damages of the house –
Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the book of the Law in the house of the LORD”. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
2 Kings 22:4, 5, 8
Is it not remarkable that the law of the Lord was lost in the house of the Lord? It wouldn’t be an issue if the law was kept elsewhere and it got missing. Or it could be that the house of the Lord was vandalized and the Word burnt or stolen. But for God’s word to be lost in the temple is a serious issue. It shows the extent of the decay in the system. That which was supposed to be ‘a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path’ was missing. Wouldn’t it be appropriate to suggest then that they were operating in darkness? Those who walk in darkness would obviously stumble and fall. More disturbing is the fact that the priesthood, the king and his officials seem comfortable operating in the dark.
There was a high priest in the house. There was a scribe who could read and write. The high priest and other priests were sustained by the offerings and sacrifices that the people of God brought. Yet they were operating in the dark. This incidence that forms part of the text we read occurred around 630 BC yet it is as if it was written for the 21st century church.
We see a similar trend in our congregations today. Some men of God, as they are styled, eat off the church members and leave them malnourished spiritually because most only present Sunday after Sunday the doctrines of men as the commandments of God. They add calories and become like fattened calves – the more reason for the word to come alive in its power, authority and anointing. But alas, the word seems lost.
Sadly, the word of God is missing in most of our congregations. Notice, I didn’t say the Bible is missing. For the Bible to be an all-time best seller, over time, it means a lot of it is in print. We stuff our homes sometimes with as much as ten bibles of different translations but sadly, the word of God is still missing.
For if we have the word of God operating in our homes and churches, the society cannot help but experience the transformation that comes with the word. When the word of God is ignited in our hearts, it burns off all the debris of sin in us thus allowing the Holy Spirit free access to work as He chooses. Our prisons would almost be empty. The corruption that has eaten deeply into our systems would just simply disappear. The flagrant show of immorality and immodesty prevalent today would not have been here. For when the word of God is not taught in our homes, the misleading and wicked and destructive whisperings of the devil is what replaces the word of the Lord. Thus we see the making of rapists, fornicators, perverts, adulterers, killers, thieves, drunks and drug abusers etc. and all sort of evil the devil can come up with.
The word is missing for so long we need to reconnect with the Spirit of God to get back into the mind of Christ. There is so much theology, but so little of the word; so many creeds, but so little of the word. There is so much religion and ideologies, but so little of the word; so much rituals and going through the motions.
Enough of the burnt offerings, peace offerings, wave offerings and sin offerings. All we want is the Spirit of God. The Word of God spoken in season brings back all that was lost in Eden. Adam and Eve toyed with the word of God until they lost its power and allowed Satan’s deceptive words to push them from the presence of the Lord into hardships, tragedies, disasters, sicknesses and diseases all of which were a byproduct of sin.
When the word of God is lost in the temple (recall that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit), we carry a form godliness while denying the power inherent in God’s word!
For those who have found the word and are keeping its precepts, be encouraged. Teach same to those under your care. Live it out. Walk the talk. Continue to shine as light until that day when the Light will destroy darkness for good.
We need to mourn the absence of God’s word in our lives. But we also need to go further. Let’s search diligently until we find the word. If the place where you worship is still searching for the lost word, get away from there and let the Holy Spirit lead you to where you can get the refreshing word of life. For it is the will of God that His word will not be lost in the temple but that the word of Christ will dwell richly in our lives. Is the word of God lost in your live? Let the kind of fruit you bear speak for you.
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