Preservation of the Old Testament
by Pastor Nick Bibile
∑ Read Deut 31:22-26† The Book of the Law was preserved and kept in the ark of the covenant.† Joshua read the Book of the law to the people. (Joshua 8:35)
∑ Godís instructions for all kings who come into power,
to make of copy of the law of Moses. (Deut 17:14-19)
The kings of
∑ The kingdom was divided into two after Solomon, the
∑ Southern kingdom still continued.
∑ During the reign of Manasseh and Amon, there was idolatry, wickedness, during this dark period, the scriptures seems to have been displaced.
∑ Manasseh, king of
∑ King Josiah became king when he was 8 years old, his father was Amon and grandfather Manasseh. He was the last good king who ruled in the southern kingdom, four other kings ruled after him, then Jerusalem/Judah was destroyed.† Josiah found a copy of the Scriptures probably after 80 years of darkness(2 Kings 22:1-2;8) Josiah also destroyed high places where Solomon built temples to foreign gods. He brought reformation and the celebration of the Passover. (Jeremiah 3:6) The King was moved with a holy fear and dread overwhelmed him. He did not dispute the sin (2 Ki 22:31). The Law from Deuteronomy was re-read to the national assembly (cf 2 Chron 34:24; Dt 28-29). It a book long lost but at once recognized as the standard of authority for the nation (2 Kings 22:13b).
∑ There were very few good kings in the southern kingdom
∑ In 541 B.C† after the 70 years† (Daniel 9, Haggai 2:18-19) of exile small numbers of Jews return to rebuild the city and walls.
∑ In 539 B.C† Persian ruler Cyrus the Great conquers
God prophesied before Cyrus was even born building
∑ 520-515 B.C. Second temple
was built in
∑ After Ezra, Nehemiah again darkness crept into the
land. Persian King Ahasuerus, traditionally identified as Artaxerxes II came into power in the
∑ In 333 B.C Alexander the Great conquers the
∑ 250 B.C "Septuagint" translation of the Book of the Law into Greek.
∑ 400 years of silence until Jesus was born.
∑ Jesus said,† ďDo not think that I came to destroy
the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18
For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one
tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. (Mat 5:17-18)