Patmos-The Revelation to the Apostle John

You’re never too young to serve the Lord!

First  – Let’s look at Josiah.

In 2 Chronicles 34:1-7, We see that 1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. 2 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left. 3 In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images. 4 Under his direction the altars of the Baals were torn down; he cut to pieces the incense altars that were above them, and smashed the Asherah poles, the idols and the images. These he broke to pieces and scattered over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. 5 He burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and so he purged Judah and Jerusalem. 6 In the towns of Manasseh, Ephraim and Simeon, as far as Naphtali, and in the ruins around them, 7 he tore down the altars and the Asherah poles and crushed the idols to powder and cut to pieces all the incense altars throughout Israel. Then he went back to Jerusalem. “

  • Josiah was eight years old when he became king of Israel
  • What were people saying about such a young king?

    We are in trouble now
    The king knows nothing
    Why am I to obey a child?
    There is no way this can be the will of God
  • List of Josiah’s young accomplishments

    16 years old – seek God
    20 Years old – Did God’s work of purifying the country
    26 years old – Rebuild God’s temple

What Josiah overcame

  • Bad family history
  • Ungodly people who enjoyed worshipping idols
  • People’s perception of a child king

Second – Let’s look at John.

John was possibly the youngest of the twelve disciples.

Tradition has it that John was 95 years old when he was banished to the island of Patmos.

Governors of Provinces could determine any one of three consequences for a criminal, they could be:

  • Banished
  • Executed
  • Enslaved

Revelation 1:9-10, I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet…

Patmos

  • There were mines and quarries prisoners would work in.
  • Gymnasium
  • Temple of Artemis

Don’t ever feel like you are too old or too young to be involved in God’s work.

  • God reveals himself to the old and young.
  • God calls the old and young to lead His people.
  • God loves and delights in using people of all ages.

YOU ARE ALWAYS THE PERFECT AGE FOR GOD TO WORK THROUGH YOU!

Look at 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not consider his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Josiah left a great model for us to follow:

  • Seek God
  • Seek God’s purity for your life
  • Seek to build up His Kingdom

Remember: “YOU ARE ALWAYS THE PERFECT AGE FOR GOD TO WORK THROUGH YOU!”

 

 

November 13 2011

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