Title: Josiah's Reformation. Author: Richard Sibbes. Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust. Place of Publication: Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Pages: Pastor | Teacher. Richard Sibbes () was born in Tostock, Suffolk, where his father was a [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive] Josiah's Reformation. Reformation on the part of a powerful faction in the Church of England, be grateful to one of them called Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at we have received is accepted (and so it must be understood of Josiah.
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by Richard Sibbes. in ePub,.mobi &.pdf formats. Josiah became king of Judah at the age of eight, after the assassination of his father, King Amon, and reigned. Josiah's Reformation' forms Nos. 8, 9, 10, 11 of the first edition of * The Saint's. Cordials'— ; and in the second and third— and —Nos. 1, 2, 3, and . blessedness of it. In a word, Richard Sibbes seems ever to come to us from his .. been good for Josiah to have followed the counsel of wicked Pharaoh, a heathen. this day? Where is now your God? your reformed religion? your Christ?.
He is also one of the kings mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. In the eighteenth year of his rule, Josiah ordered the High Priest Hilkiah to use the tax money which had been collected over the years to renovate the temple. It was during this time that Hilkiah discovered the Book of the Law. While Hilkiah was clearing the treasure room of the Temple he claimed to have found a scroll described as "the book of the Law" or as "the book of the law of Yahweh by the hand of Moses". The book is not identified in the text as the Torah and many scholars believe this was either a copy of the Book of Deuteronomy or a text that became a part of Deuteronomy as we have it per De Wette's suggestion in
It was during this time that Hilkiah discovered the Book of the Law. While Hilkiah was clearing the treasure room of the Temple he claimed to have found a scroll described as "the book of the Law" or as "the book of the law of Yahweh by the hand of Moses". The book is not identified in the text as the Torah and many scholars believe this was either a copy of the Book of Deuteronomy or a text that became a part of Deuteronomy as we have it per De Wette's suggestion in Hilkiah brought this scroll to Josiah's attention, and the king was greatly alarmed lest the calamities threatened in the book for non-observance of its commands should come upon him and his people.
He sent to consult Huldah, who assured him that the evil foretold would indeed come, but not in his day; "because," she said, "thine heart was tender and thou didst humble thyself before the Lord. The king then set himself to the task of cleansing the land from idolatry. Josiah encouraged the exclusive worship of Yahweh and outlawed all other forms of worship. The Temple in Jerusalem was purged by the removal of the instruments and emblems of the worship of Baal and "the host of heaven," introduced by Manasseh.
Then the corrupt local sanctuaries, or High Places, were destroyed, from Beer-sheba in the south to Beth-el and the cities of Samaria in the north.
Josiah had living pagan priests executed and even had the bones of the dead priests of Bethel exhumed from their graves and burned on their altars, which was viewed as an extreme act of desecration. Josiah also reinstituted the Passover celebrations. According to 1 Kings an unnamed "man of God" sometimes identified as Iddo had prophesied to King Jeroboam of Israel, approximately three hundred years earlier, that "a son named Josiah will be born to the house of David" and that he would destroy the altar at Bethel.
And the only exception to this destruction was for the grave of an unnamed prophet he found in Bethel 2 Kings , who had foretold that these religious sites Jeroboam erected would one day be destroyed see 1 Kings Josiah ordered the double grave of the "man of God" and of the Bethel prophet to be let alone as these prophecies had come true.
According to the later account in 2 Chronicles, Josiah even destroyed altars and images of pagan deities in cities of the tribes of Manasseh, Ephraim, "and Simeon, as far as Naphtali" 2 Chronicles , which were outside of his kingdom, Judah, and returned the Ark of the Covenant to the Temple. This is a superb book.
Table of Contents 2. And even centuries later, his relish is infectious. Such a goodness is in God as is in a fountain, or in the breast that loves to ease itself of milk. He was never married, but looking at his life, it is clear that he had a quite extraordinary ability for cultivating warm and lasting friendships. He could have been describing Sibbes. Born to a wheelwright in a rather obscure little village in Suffolk, few could have expected how influential young Sibbes would turn out to be.
Bright as he was, though, it was his abilities as a preacher that soon began to mark him out. Knowing, as he once said, that there is more grace in Christ than there is sin in us, he always sought in his preaching to win the hearts of his listeners to Christ.
And then I was so precise for outward formalities, that I censured all to be reprobates, that wore their hair anything long, and not short above their ears; or that wore great ruffs, and gorgets, or fashions, and follies. But yet I was distracted in my mind, wounded in conscience, and wept often and bitterly, and prayed earnestly, but yet had no comfort, till I heard that sweet saint. Doctor Sibbs, by whose means and ministry I was brought to peace and joy in my spirit.
His sweet soul-melting Gospel-sermons won my heart and refreshed me much, for by him I saw and had much of God and was confident in Christ, and could overlook the world. He sought to place trusted Puritan preachers in church teaching posts around the country; he personally nurtured a number of young ministers, men such Thomas Goodwin, John Cotton, Jeremiah Burroughs, John Preston and Philip Nye; and through his printed sermons he affected countless more.
And ever since the day when, as a student, I read his The Bruised Reed, Sibbes has been my favourite. For Sibbes, this was no secondary matter, the devotional clothes his theology wore.
Samuel Harsnet was master of Pembroke-hall, Cambridge, and successively bishop of Chichester and Norwich, and archbishop of York. After his preferment to the see of Chichester, a petition was presented to King James, by Pembroke-hall, exhibiting their charges against him in fifty-seven articles, though the purport of- them does not appear.
The citizens of Norwich afterwards accused him to the house of commons, of putting down preaching; setting up images ; praying to the east; punishing the innocent. Though he protested his own innocence of most of the charges, he does not appear to have been perfectly guiltless. Paul Baynes, then lecturer at St. Andrew s church. Having obtained mercy of the Lord, he resolved to devote himself to Christ in the work of the ministry ; and shortly after was chosen lecturer at Trinity church.
Here his preaching was numerously attended by the scholars and townsmen, and became happily instrumental in the conversion and establishment of many souls. He appears to have been vicar of the above church, during only the two last years of his life, the celebrated Mr.
Thomas Good win having resigned in his favour. His celebrity having spread abroad, and reached the metropolis, he was, in the year , chosen preacher at Gray s-inn, London, where he became remarkably popular and useful.
Besides the learned lawyers, many or the nobility and gentry, as well as citizens, flocked to hear him ; and great numbers had abundant cause to bless God for the benefit which they derived from his ministry.
He continued in this public situation to the end of his days. He was, however, convened before the high commission, and deprived of his fellowship and lecture, on account of his nonconformity. Doorae, p. Clark s Lives, p. His great erudition, piety, and usefulness, were not sufficient protection against the fury of the times. As master of the above house, he was eminently useful. He found the society in a very declining state ; but, through his influence and exertions, it soon obtained considerable enlargement, was stored with learned and religious fellows, and became famous for genuine piety and sound literature.
Soon after the above period, he was chosen for buying impropriations, for which he and the others concerned in the generous undertaking were prosecuted in the star-chamber ; but the prosecution was so manifestly invidious, that it was afterwards relinquished.
Prynne s Cant. Doome, p. This business, however, brought no small odium upon Bishop Laud, who was the sole instigator and chief promoter of the prosecution. He was afterwards convened before the high commission as a notorious delinquent, only for generously promoting a private contribution for the relief of the poor afflicted ministers of the Palatinate ; but what further process was entered against him, or whether he suffered any ecclesiastical censure, we have not been able to learn.
Sibbes was remarkable for humility, always under valuing his own performances. This he did, though others judged them to breathe the very spirit and life of God, to savour much of the upper world, and to come with authority and power to men s consciences.
His great care, through the whole of his ministry, was to lay a good foundation in the heads and hearts of his hearers. As a wise master- builder, and among people the most eminent for learning and piety, he mostly preached on the fundamental truths of the gospel, particularly the incarnation of the Son of God. Indeed, he is said to have preached so often on this subject, that there is scarcely one benefit flowing from it, or one holy disposition it ought to excite, which he did not sweetly unfold and apply.
His thoughts and his preaching being so much directed to the humiliation of Christ, seemed to beget in himself a deep humility before God and men. Baker s MS. He was particularly conversant with the holy scriptures, and a man of God, thoroughly furnished unto every good work. He was a zealous and faithful steward of the manifold grace of God, and one of the most celebrated preachers of his time.
He enjoyed much sweet communion with God ; was of a mild, quiet, and peaceable spirit ; and always unwilling to provoke his superiors. He was a burning and shining light, spending himself for the profit of others. On all occasions he was very charitable to the poor of Christ s flock ; and not only was his purse open to supply their temporal wants, but his very soul commiserated their spiritual necessities.
During the summer season, he frequently visited persons of wealth, on which occasions he was always projecting schemes of public usefulness. By men of real worth he was universally beloved, and was particularly intimate with persons of distinguished eminence, especially the celebrated Archbishop Usher, whom he often visited in London.
Sibbes died July 5, , aged fifty-seven years. Leigh on Religion and Learning, p.