Day 9 - Return to the Ancient Paths - OT Patterns of Revival

Dear Seekers of God,

Revival is divine intervention in the normal course of spiritual things. It is God revealing Himself to man in awful holiness and irresistible power…“Revival is essential. Revival is the restoration of God’s presence to His people… Revival is also experiential. In other words, when God is present, life is different.

Jeremiah 6: 16 Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk (live) in it.’

  • Stand: H5975to stand, remain, endure, take one’s stand; to tarry; to arise, appear, come on the scene, stand forth, appear, rise up or against.

  • Ancient: H5769 ‛ôlâm everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity.

  • Path: H5410 trodden with the feet, path, pathway

  • Good: H2896 good, right (ethical); a good thing, benefit, favorable; welfare, prosperity; happiness.

  • Way: H1870 of course of life (figuratively); of moral character (figuratively).

  • Rest: rest from H7280 to act in an instant, stir up, disturb; to rest or repose, be at rest or repose, settle, quiet, give rest.

  • Soul: H5315 the man himself, self, person or individual; seat of the appetites; seat of emotions and passions; activity of mind; activity of the will; activity of the character.

Jeremiah 18:15  'For My people have forgotten Me, They burn incense to worthless gods And they have stumbled from their waysFrom the ancient paths, To walk in bypaths, Not on a highway.

  • Byway: H5410 to tramp; a (beaten) track: -a lower path,

  • Highway: A road constructed above the surrounding area; figuratively to exalt; extol, make plain, raise up

Old Testament Revival

There are around fifteen specific revivals in the Old Testament and in each of them we see a similar cycle of revival. These cycles are most clearly seen in the six successive revivals in the book of Judges. Each begins with sin, which marks the beginning of spiritual declension. This is inevitably followed by a period of suffering, which drives God’s people to the third phase of supplication. It is then that salvation comes, with all its attendant blessings.

The most popular revival passage in the Old Testament is 2 Chronicles 7:14 which gives clear directions to those who have already experienced the consequences of their sin. ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 

This verse contains four elements that occur in all Old Testament revivals: humility, prayer, seeking God, repentance.

Wilbur Smith notes nine characteristics of Old Testament revivals:

  1. They occurred in times of moral darkness and national depression;

  2. Each began in the heart of a consecrated servant of God who became the energizing power behind it;

  3. Each revival rested on the Word of God, and most were the result of proclaiming God's Word with power;

  4. All resulted in a return to the worship of God;

  5. Each witnessed the destruction of idols where they existed;

  6. In each revival, there was a recorded separation from sin;

  7. In every revival the people returned to obeying God's laws;

  8. There was a restoration of great joy and gladness;

  9. Each revival was followed by a period of national prosperity.

It will be noted that these revivals are experienced by God’s covenant people, Israel. Generally, there were no ‘conversion revivals’ (except in the case of Jonah). Rather the emphasis is on the people of God having their spiritual life restored, getting right with God by confession, repentance and returning to God’s word and ways. http://www.revival-library.org/index.php/pensketches-menu/historical-revivals


In the Days of Josiah

2 Chronicles 34 - 35

34:1-3a 1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places…

“Josiah was the godly son of the evil Manasseh, who led Israel astray. When he came to power the temple was in shambles, the Book of the Law had been lost and the people did not have a clue what God required of them. 

As a teenage King he began to seek God and purged the land of Baal’s altars and other idols.  Whilst repairing the Temple the Book of the Law was found and when he heard its words Josiah was smitten with the fear of the Lord. He read the law to the people and there followed a reinstatement of the sacrificial system and a restoration of Temple worship.  

The people recommitted themselves to the covenant and expressed this in a massive Passover celebration. 2 Chr. 35:18 The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem.

-Tony Cauchi, Revival Libary, 2009

Oh How We Need Revival - Are You In?

4 Historical keys to Revival

    • Unlikely people 

    • Key Places (export what God gives you!)

    • Simple Theology: Jesus, Church, Gospel (more on this tomorrow)

    • Prayer; is our ultimate image bearing activity at the moment! NT Wright

- Josiah Webster, Revival, March 17th, 2019

ACTION
Read: 2 Chronicles 34 - 35

Questions:

  1. Are you one of the unlikely people the Lord wants to use to bring revival to your family, church, community?

  2. Is your home, work place, church, or city one of those key places the Spirit will pour out upon?

  3. Are you praying for revival?

Pray: for the return of God’s Ways - His Ancient paths!

Wait in God’s Presence: Listen to Break Open Heaven, Responding CD, Christ For The Nations 

I believe its not a matter of IF we get revival BUT when - - Could it be determined by God’s people?

Say: Why not Me, Lord? Send revival to me and through me - Revive me so I can revive others. 

Say: Why not NOW, Lord? Why not press into the Lord like never before…WAIT in His Presence, let a fresh outpouring come upon you!

Say: Why not HERE, Lord? Use my home, workplace, church, etc. to pour out your Spirit

OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence — As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!  - Isaiah 64:1-2 (AMP)