of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in
Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great
is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us,
because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do
after all that is written in this book. And Hilkiah, and they
that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the
prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of
Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in
the college:) and they spake to her to that effect. And
she answered them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye
the man that sent you to me, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will
bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof,
even all the curses that are written in the book which they
have read before the king of Judah: because they have forsaken
me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might
provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore
my wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be
quenched. And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire
of the LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God
of Israel concerning the words which thou hast heard;
because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself
before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and
against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before
me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even
heard thee also, saith the LORD. Behold, I will gather
thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in
peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will
bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So
they brought the king word again." 2nd Chronicles 34:21-28
we begin a series of Bible Studies that will certainly be
controversial. What this Paragraph of Scripture teaches is not
politically or socially correct, not any more! But it is right
in the sight of God!
I speak of 2nd Chronicles
34:21-28. This inspired paragraph tells of an event in the life
of godly King Josiah of Judah.
This young King began reigning
at the age of eight, obviously with the help of wise counselors.
One of Josiah's best-known
accomplishments is the rebuilding of the Temple of God, which
had fallen into disrepair due to negligence.
As the Temple project
progressed, a Book was found! Here's how the Chronicler
described it: "Hilkiah the priest found a
book of the law of the LORD given by Moses. And Hilkiah
answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book
of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered the
book to Shaphan. And Shaphan carried the book to the king."
2nd Chronicles 34:14-16
What they found was probably a
copy of the whole Pentateuch, the five Books of Moses, Genesis
It had been lost due to
neglect. Disuse, really!
Well, when you have a Text, you
need a Preacher! An expositor! A teacher to help explain and
illuminate those precious words.
And the King was eager to hear
God's Word! "Then Shaphan the scribe told
the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And
Shaphan read it before the king. And it came to pass, when the
king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes."
Josiah was convicted over what he heard!
Now, we are ready for today's
Verse, 2nd Chronicles 34:21, where the King issued a command.
enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel
and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found:
for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out
upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD,
to do after all that is written in this book."
Josiah wanted to
The verb "go" is
an imperative and is spelled "halak," meaning "walk" 122 times
in the Bible.
"Enquire" is "darash,"
a major verb used 164 times in Scripture. It means "to search"
something. Another imperative, two verbs now have issued clear
directives, orders really!
had read nearly all the Scroll, reaching the last chapters of
Deuteronomy. There God pronounces blessings upon the obedient
Israelites and curses upon the rebellious or disobedient ones.
He knew that
Judah's recent apostasy was set to unleash God's wrath! "Chemah"
means "fury" or intense "anger. Its root word describes that
which is "boiling!"
The verb "poured
out" translates "nathak," meaning "to drop" as rain, "to melt,"
To "keep" God's
word, "shamar" in Hebrew, means "to guard" for safety! It also
can mean "to observe, give heed, keep," having that sense here
in our pericope.
What to do?
How should this
potentially powerful Revival opportunity be handled?
question good King Josiah asks.
But, sadly, he
asked the wrong person!
And I'm telling
you right now, in any life situation your advisor is critical to
your overall well-being! Especially your spiritual advisor! In
fact, Heaven and Hell, one's eternal destiny lingers in the
Having the right
Book is critical!
Josiah did have
that, the Bible!
But also, having
the right Preacher to interpret and teach and model the Book
well may be equally important!
It's like the
Ethiopian eunuch asked Philip in Acts 8:30-35.
"And Philip ran thither to him, and
heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou
what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man
should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and
sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this,
He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb
before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: in his
humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare
his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the
eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh
the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip
opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached
unto him Jesus."
Philip was God's
Man. The Eunuch was saved that glorious day!
somehow, asked the wrong preacher!
It may have been
an organizational error, but it was deadly nonetheless!
He did not seek
In fact, he
sought a woman!
God does not
choose ladies to be spiritual leaders, not when their doing so
violates the Word of God! "But I suffer
not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but
to be in silence." And 1st Timothy 2:12 cannot be
changed, now or ever!
Lord willing, about choosing the right Preacher!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Today we meet the Prophet from
whom King Josiah's men sought advice. A Bible had been found,
likely a Scroll of the Old Testament Books of Moses. It, once
read, soon quickens hearts. Judah has sinned! And God has
What should be done?
Hilkiah, and they that the king had appointed,
went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of
Tikvath, the son of Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; now she
dwelt in Jerusalem in the college: and they spake to her to that
effect." 2nd Chronicles 34:22
Hilkiah is the Priest, likely
the High Priest of the land. His name means "My portion is
He is the man who sought the
counsel of this woman preacher, Huldah by name! His unwise
decision led to the untimely death of good King Josiah. That
conclusion will be further explained as we continue through the
Yes, they sought the advice of
Huldah the prophetess while Jeremiah the Prophet was somewhere
in the area preaching God's Word! Talk about a lack of maturity!
The other men whom the King had
appointed for this task were equally undiscerning. Ahikam, who
is named as a supporter of Jeremiah in Jeremiah 26:24, was one
of them. Plus Abdon and Shaphan the Scribe and Asaiah. Five men,
a committee indeed! But again, they went to the wrong Preacher!
They are all listed by name in 2nd Chronicles 34:20.
Now, let's meet this woman "Huldah."
Her name means "weasel." That alone says a lot! In Hebrew it is
spelled "chuldah." We know nothing about her except what's told
us here. The noun prophetess is the feminine form of "nabiy." It
literally means "to preach under the influence of a divine
She apparently had no
particular reputation of her own; therefore, her husband is
named to help give her identity. "Shallum" is his name and this
means "retribution." His Grandfather's name was "Hasrah,"
meaning "something is lacking!"
Shallum was the "keeper of the
wardrobe," sort of a lady's job it would seem! But a man whose
wife is a preacher would probably be quiet and timid and sort of
withdrawn anyway, maybe a little effeminate too.
Perhaps Huldah's living in a
college is supposed to increase her clout. Lending her academic
prowess maybe. A Degree or two can help authenticate one's
profession, especially if all is politically correct!
By the way, why didn't King
Josiah himself get involved in the interpretation of this newly
found Scroll? Why did he entrust such a vital decision to a
group of men who played a part in the Law being lost in the
It just seems to me that nobody
here is serious about the Word of God!
Or about having the right kind
Or about hearing from Heaven!
And this much can be
guaranteed, with the so-called Preacher they chose, Huldah the
prophetess, Truth is not going to be discovered! At least not
the real Truth, not all of it!
Oh, how valuable it is to hear
God's Word from the right kind of Preacher!
Be careful to whom you listen
as Sundays come and go!
Your life depends on it!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
King Josiah needed some help. A
Scroll of the Law of Moses had been found in the Temple, having
been misplaced there for some time.
Once read, that divinely
inspired Scripture brought a host of questions to the Monarch's
He needed someone to interpret
and explain the Text!
Part of it was ever so clear!
God judges sin!
Part needed explanation.
Having been instructed to "go
and enquire of the Lord concerning the words of the newly-found
Book," a group of the King's advisors sought a Prophet of God.
One was in residence.
Living in the city of Jerusalem
with her husband, Huldah was located. As to why Jeremiah the
great Prophet of God was not sought, the Bible is silent.
Apparently Josiah did not care who interpreted the Bible, anyone
Bear in mind this fact. No
where in all the Word of God do we find a woman prophet
correctly and accurately predicting the things of God. Or for
that matter, even proclaiming boldly and precisely God's perfect
Truthfully, only five ladies in
the Old Testament ever bore that title, even with its wide
latitude of meaning. Miriam sang and was called a prophetess,
hardly a Preacher of the Word! Deborah was a Judge, but in
Hebrews 11 she got no credit for her exploits! And after this
Huldah is mentioned, a prophetess named Noadiah opposed and
hindered the work of godly Nehemiah. Lastly, Isaiah "nicknamed"
his wife the prophetess!
There's not a real Preacher
among them all. It is not God's Way to use women, kind and sweet
and intelligent and talented as they are, to be spiritual
leaders! God does not call women to pastor Churches or become
Evangelists! One of the very requirements for serving the Lord
in Christian ministry, according to the Apostle Paul in 1st
Timothy 3:2, is to be "the husband of one wife." That surely
establishes the sexual status of a Preacher!
I have said these things to
show the lack of foundation, the paucity of wisdom, these
emissaries of King Josiah exhibited.
They went to the wrong
And here is part of what she
said, the first sentence anyway. "Thus
saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man that sent you to
Yes, she uses the prophet
formula that real Prophets utter! "Thus
saith the Lord!" I found that exact string of words 415
times in the Bible! While Huldah might have thought God sent all
her words, that is not the case! What God says is without
mistake, always! Huldah erred in her prophecy. Part of it was
critically untrue, mortally so!
And if she spoke words,
claiming them to be from God, while she herself composed the
message, she is worse than mistaken! She then is a liar! A
Either way, she is a false
prophet! Make that false prophetess! Her message contained
Then notice in today's Verse
what she calls the King! "And she answered
them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Tell ye the man that
sent you to me." That's all of 2nd Chronicles 34:23.
He's just a "man" to her!
Feminists never respect men!
Men to them are necessary
evils! In fact, maybe not even necessary!
Violating a primary rule of
respect, she quickly offers the "man" some advice! Here's how
Daniel spoke to King Nebuchadnezzar, even after the "lions' den"
incident: "Then said Daniel unto the king,
O king, live for ever." Daniel 6:21
And here's Paul speaking to
some Roman governors, "We accept it
always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all
thankfulness." And, "But he said, I
am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of
truth and soberness." Neither were called just "men!"
Acts 24:3 and 26:5
Huldah lacked such respect!
Age does not erase one's
responsibility in cases like this.
Nor does sex.
Nor social position.
1st Peter 2:17, although witten
much later, is even more explicit. "Honour
all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the
Especially the King! He is
Several "breakdowns" in
spiritual discernment have occurred for things to progress this
Josiah was far too imprecise in
asking for help.
Then, his advisors were
completely inept, apparently going the convenient route only!
Huldah was quite nearby! That's the old "go to the Church in
your neighborhood" argument! I'm not going there if they do not
preach the Word of God! Drive fifty miles if necessary, but get
The King should have read more
of the Scroll! In it, the Books of Moses, these Prophets would
have been identified; "Abraham" in
Genesis 20:7, "Aaron" in Exodus
7:1, and prophetically "Jesus" in
Deuteronomy 18:18. All indeed are men. However, one lady is
mentioned, Miriam Sister of Moses, "And
Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in
her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and
with dances. And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for
he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he
thrown into the sea." They, here in Exodus 15:20, sang a
hymn of victory! She did not preach! She did not advise! She did
not predict the future! She praised God! That's called
"testifying" today! Ladies can do all that they desire!
Had Jeremiah been consulted,
the real Prophet of that hour, the results would have been
Again I say it today, it does
matter where you get your spiritual counsel! Be sure your
Preacher is Biblically qualified! He must live in communion with
Jeremiah once was asked,
"Is there any word from the LORD?"
A King posed this question nonetheless! King Zedekiah in
But far from flattering the
King, like Huldah did, "Jeremiah said,
There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of
the king of Babylon."
Bad news for this King!
Give me the Truth, even if it
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
The woman was preaching, the
first example of such a thing in all the Bible!
She had been consulted by King
Josiah, needing to hear a message from Heaven!
Her words are recorded for us:
"Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring
evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even
all the curses that are written in the book which they have
read before the king of Judah." 2nd Chronicles 34:24
Huldah, this prophetess, has
God saying, "Behold, I will bring evil
upon this place." But in using my concordance I cannot
locate God using these exact words, not anywhere in the
Pentateuch, the Books of Moses that had been recently found
during the Temple renovation.
However, I can find a real
Preacher using these words, these exact words! Read with me
Jeremiah 19:1-3. "Thus saith the LORD, Go
and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take of the
ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests. And
go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is
by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that
I shall tell thee, and say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O
kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the
LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Behold, I will bring
evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his
ears shall tingle." I have capitalized Jeremiah's words,
words which apparently were plagiarized by Huldah.
If one is not a God-called
Preacher, she would have to devise words to be placed in the
Mouth! And what better place to get them than another man's
sermons? This is not the only time Huldah "borrows" Jeremiah's
words either, not even in this one short sermon!
Now truthfully Huldah did
utilize one Mosaic quote, "all the curses." Deuteronomy 29:27
records God's threats to a disobedient nation,
"And the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, to
bring upon it all the
curses that are written in this book: and the Lord rooted
them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great
indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is
Don't misunderstand me.
What Huldah says here is true.
God does judge sin!
But later in her sermon she
states some things that prove to be untrue!
In reality she mixes truth with
error, presenting the truth first!
Did you hear that?
Some truth, some error!
That's what the devil always
That's the mark of false
And false prophets!
Huldah, whose very name means
"weasel," will soon promise Josiah the King that he will die in
peace, thereby giving him false hope concerning his later days!
This lie so altered the King's
lifestyle that he eventually dies as a result of an ill-advised
military campaign, one which he no doubt entered thinking that
he was invincible!
After all, he had a promise
from God, or at least from a prophetess who said she knew God! A
promise of a peaceful death!
It can cost, cost dearly, to
listen to the wrong kind of preaching!
Don't tell me what some other
Tell me what God said!
Not to do so is dishonest!
Yes, God's judgment did fall
upon sinful, rebellious Judah!
But King Josiah did NOT die in
Do what you wish. Be
politically correct and inoffensive and pluralistic all you
care! But for me and my house, we will not sit under the
ministry of a woman preacher!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
We are joining a sermon
"already in progress!"
The Preacher is a woman.
Without Biblical precedent or
authority from God, Huldah is set to advise King Josiah of
The Monarch has just found a
lost copy of the Scriptures! Likely the Pentateuch, the five
Books of Moses, Genesis through Deuteronomy.
Josiah is especially disturbed
by the curses promised in the Book, to be meted upon those who
have disobeyed God's Law.
His Nation is "in line" for a
time of severe chastisement, at least according to Moses!
Here's part of what Huldah told
him, part of her sermon. This pericope is also our Verse for
today. Herein Huldah speaks for God Himself!
"Because they have forsaken me, and have
burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to
anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath
shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be quenched."
2nd Chronicles 34:25
The verb "forsaken" is "azab"
in Hebrew and means "to leave or depart or abandon." In the King
James Text it is "refuseth" one time.
"They have forsaken Me," the clause itself, is a valid
quote from Almighty God! It is found in places like 1st Samuel
8:8 (Samuel the Prophet) and 1st Kings 11:33 (Ahijah the
Prophet) and twice in Jeremiah! Of course Huldah has already
once copied Jeremiah word-for-word.
Here's how real preaching
sounds! "For my people have committed two
evils; they have
forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and
hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no
water." Jeremiah 2:13
"Because they have
forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have
burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor
their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have
filled this place with the blood of innocents; they have built
also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire
for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor
spake it, neither came it into my mind: therefore,
behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no
more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but
The valley of slaughter." Jeremiah 19:4-6
Now, back to Huldah's
The "burning of incense" is
nothing short of idolatry. Worshipping false gods! Isaiah used
this expression in His great prophecy,
"Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together,
saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains,
and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their
former work into their bosom." Isaiah 65:7
The verb "burn incense" is "qatar"
in Hebrew. It usually refers to the fragrance emitted during a
ritual of worship. However, at times it can reflect merely the
sacrifice itself. In each of these instances it is framed as a
piel verb, expressing intense action!
But, get this. Jeremiah in his
preaching uses the string "have burned incense" five times!
Again, all are piel or intensive forms, vigorous action!
will utter my judgments against them touching all their
wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto
other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands."
my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity,
and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from
the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast
up; to make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing;
every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his
head." Jeremiah 18:15-16
"Because they have forsaken me, and have
estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other
gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the
kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of
innocents ...." Jeremiah 19:4
houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall
be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses
upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of
heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods."
ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the
LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in
his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore
this evil is happened unto you, as at this day." Jeremiah
The same thing holds true with
Huldah's expression "provoke to anger!"
Little know Prophets like Ahijah (1st Kings 14:9) and Jehu the
son of Hanani (1st Kings 16:2) used it. But Jeremiah nearly
popularized the clause, using it seven times in His Prophecy of
52 chapters! For proof, see Jeremiah 7:18 and 7:17 and 11:17 and
25:7 and 32:29 and 32:32 and 44:3.
By the way, "provoke to anger"
or "kaas" means "to be grieved, to be indignant, to be wroth,"
that kind of idea. It's a hiphil verb, indicating "causative"
action. There is a reason behind God's being so upset,
However, when "wrath" is used
as a noun later in the verse, "My wrath
shall be poured out," the Hebrew "chemah" is used,
meaning something "hot"or "boiling" or even "poison!" And
"poured out" or "nathak" can imply "dropped, melted or even
Even Huldah's remarks about
God's wrath which "shall not be quenched" were Jeremiah-isms
originally! If not from Isaiah that is!
"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my
fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon
beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of
the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched."
ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not
to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on
the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof,
and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not
be quenched." Jeremiah 17:27
This lady's whole sermon is
If alive today, she would be
labeled a plagiarist!
I once heard a great Preacher
ask a group of younger Men of God this question. "Do you want to
be a voice, or just an echo?" A voice listens to God and speaks
originally. An echo merely copies someone else!
Huldah was an echo!
As you go to Church today, I
pray you will hear a Man of God who has spent the week in the
Lord's Presence, basking in the Light of His Divine Glory! A Man
of God overflowing with nuggets gleaned from above! Authority!
Power! Spiritual discernment!
Real exposition of the Word,
the Holy Scriptures!
Not a re-hash of Dr. Somebody's
philosophy and psychology from the latest politically correct
And, if you do, if you hear a
real Preacher, tell him how very much you appreciate what he
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
The previous five lessons have,
in accordance with the Word of God, placed a negative emphasis
on the preaching of this prophetess named Huldah.
However, the next section of
her "sermon" does include an interesting exchange of words.
Here's what I mean.
Huldah goes on, "And as for the
king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the Lord, so shall ye
say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel concerning
words which thou hast heard; because
thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before
God, when thou
heardest his words against this place, and against
the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and
didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me;
even heard thee also, saith the LORD." 2nd
Notice the words
I have italicized and capitalized!
Here's one lesson
we are being taught. King Josiah, a godly man anyway, heard
God's Words, having been read to him from the newly found Law!
Then, in turn, God heard Josiah's words!
responds to His people reciprocally!
"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh
to you." James 4:8
"Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith,
them that honour me I will honour." 1st Samuel 2:30
To this can be
added, "Those who hear God respectfully and humbly will be heard
by God when they cry unto Him!"
So says Huldah!
And she is right!
Here's my point
today. A Preacher can have a lot of things wrong with his life.
He's human! And you may not, and probably should not, place
yourself or your family under his or her ministry ... but
still, as he or she handles God's Word, often some beautiful
truths are uncovered!
one discovers at the feet of a questionable preacher are
probably not the result of his or her diligence! God cannot
anoint an unqualified Servant!
No! The beautiful
facts you have gleaned are simply flowing from the Word of God!
Even a rusty plow
can unearth some good potatoes occasionally!
But again, it's
because of the Book, not the Preacher!
I once heard a
wise old Preacher say that you could get some chicken, sometimes
whole pieces, out of a garbage dumpster too! But the meat just
might not be worth the stench necessary to locate it!
Also, in today's
verse, note this. Huldah is not exceedingly gifted with
humility! Listen to her, "And as for the
king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the LORD, so shall ye
say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel concerning
the words which thou hast heard ..." 2nd Chronicles
sincerely, but sincerely wrong, this prophetess believes she is
speaking the words of God! Say to him, the King,
"Thus saith the Lord!"
Yet all Huldah
does is quote other sources than God! Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah,
especially Jeremiah, very frequently! Good sources, but not
This reminds me
of what Jesus later said in Matthew 7:22,
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in thy name?" Whereupon Jesus will answer,
"And then will I profess unto them, I
never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
preachers/prophets/prophetesses/singers/teachers who say "Thus
saith the Lord" are not right!
mistaken God's words!
And the words
Huldah is about to deliver for King Josiah, words he took to
heart and obeyed, led to his untimely death!
Oh, that Josiah
the day he dispatched this committee "to enquire of the Lord"
would have specified the Preacher he wanted to hear!
Had he only
Then, he might
have lived years longer!
The Revival might
have deepened and continued for some time!
Oh, for the need
of more godly Expositors, Preachers of the Word!
God- qualified ones!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
23:21 is in the Bible! "I have not sent
these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet
are two views of things spiritual.
One is called theocentric and
the other is anthropocentric.
Briefly defined, theocentric
means God-centered. The Greek word for Deity is "theos." See in
that stem words like theology and theologian and even theosophy.
anthropocentric means man-centered. Again, the Greek word for
mankind is "anthropos." In English we use related terms like
anthropology and anthropologist and anthropomorphism.
Today's Bible Verse, taken from
the "sermon" of a bogus Old Testament prophet, prophetess
really, named Huldah, will illustrate our two new words.
She says, sending her message
back to King Josiah, "Because thine heart
was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou
heardest his words against this place, and against the
inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst
rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee
also, saith the LORD." 2nd Chronicles 34:27
Let's just notice the
psychology of this Text.
It certainly focuses on the
Every bit as much as it focuses
In other words; King, you are
Your heart is tender!
This is "rakak" in Hebrew and means "soft." He is not
You are humble! "Kana"
means "brought low, subdued," and is a spiritual compliment
King, you are a wonderful
listener too! "Shama," the Hebrew word for "heard," means
not only to perceive, but to obey what has been received!
Thou has rent thy
clothes, using "qara," the verb that means "to rip or
tear" something. This is a good sign spiritually! Outright and
complete repentance is being indicated!
King, you also have wept
before God, "to cry aloud, to shed tears," so means "bakah" in
Five positive things ... in a
Now hear me.
No man is that good!
Not one negative thing
is even hinted!
This comes dangerously close to
what Paul called scratching "itching ears." Patting each other
on our backs!
The very "heart" of the
prophetic office in Scripture is to reprove and rebuke sin,
wherever it is found, even on the royal throne!
Here is the classic Biblical
mandate for a Prophet, a real prophet of God:
"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice
like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the
house of Jacob their sins." Isaiah 58:1
Such commissions are repeated
often throughout Scripture!
But not Huldah, not her!
Not when it comes to the King!
He will hear sweet words!
It can not denied that Josiah
was a good man, and a good King, but he was not that
Now, in all fairness to Huldah,
the preacher here, she did earlier mention some of the sins of
Judah, the Nation! But it seems that their
Leader, the King, had none!
That is man-centered preaching!
This must be said with respect,
the King is one of God's anointed men, but Josiah raised some
wicked sons! Jehoahaz reigned briefly after his father's death.
But he was a wicked man! Then Jehoiakim, another son of Josiah's
assumed the throne, also an ungodly man. Then Josiah's grandson
began to reign, again a wicked man, Jehoiachin by name.
A dynasty of unfaithfulness!
All that is being said is this,
no man is perfect!
And a Prophet of God, of all
people, is to show us where we are weak and need to grow
This Huldah did not do!
She may have been more
interested in impressing the King!
Theocentric or anthropocentric?
What kind of preaching do
you hear week after week?
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Here's God's "Test" for a
Prophet. When he speaks prophetically, the thing he has forecast
must come to pass! Otherwise, he is not a true Prophet of God!
Read how Moses explained it to
the Israelites. "When a prophet speaketh
in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to
pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken,
but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt
not be afraid of him." Deuteronomy 18:22
If the prophecies are not
fulfilled, you are dealing with a fake!
By the way, notice that the
sole pronoun used of this Prophet is "him!" That's masculine!
Also, the noun used for "prophet" is in the masculine gender,
Yes, Bible Prophets were men!
But we have been studying a
woman who says she is a Prophet! Huldah is her name. "Chuldah"
in Hebrew means "a weasel," of all things!
Here are some of her
prophecies, one verse full anyway. Let's see how well she does
From Huldah to King Josiah,
"Behold, I will gather thee to thy
fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace,
neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon
this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they
brought the king word again." 2nd Chronicles 34:28
The essence of Huldah's
prediction is this, "Thou shalt be
gathered to thy grave in peace."
Let's subject this part of her
preaching to the "Prophet Test" as outlined by the Lord!
Did this prophecy happen?
Did King Josiah die in peace?
No, he did not!
Here's how it ended for Josiah,
godly as he was. "After all this, when
Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to
fight against Carchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out
against him. But he sent ambassadors to him, saying, What have I
to do with thee, thou king of Judah? I come not against
thee this day, but against the house wherewith I have war: for
God commanded me to make haste: forbear thee from meddling
with God, who is with me, that he destroy thee not.
would not turn his face from him, but disguised himself, that he
might fight with him, and hearkened not unto the words of Necho
from the mouth of God, and came to fight in the valley of
Megiddo. And the
archers shot at king Josiah; and the king said to his servants,
Have me away; for I am sore wounded. His servants
therefore took him out of that chariot, and put him in the
second chariot that he had; and they brought him to Jerusalem,
and he died, and
was buried in one of the sepulchres of his fathers. And
all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah." 2nd
Josiah did not die in peace!
Any way you "spin" it, he died
That, folks, is called an
And it says a lot about this
prophetess named Huldah.
Personally I believe good King
Josiah entered that confrontation with Pharaoh Necho ...
believing that he would not die! That he could not die! Feeling
invincible and safe!
Why would he feel that way?
Because a prophetess of God had
sent him direct word that he would "die in peace!"
This was a promise of God,
But ... Huldah was wrong!
And King Josiah is dead!
Wrong preaching is dangerous.
Be careful whom you hear!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
PROPHETESSES IN THE BIBLE:
Here they are.
The prophetesses of the Bible.
Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in
her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and
with dances." Exodus 15:20 calls Mirian, sister of Moses
and Aaron, a "prophetess." But a careful study of her life
reveals that all she did was sing, write songs, and grumble! The
grumbling episode was against Moses the Man of God and is
recorded in Numbers 12. By the way, the name Miriam means
"rebellion" according to a major Bible dictionary!
Then we meet Deborah.
"And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of
Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time." Judges 4:4 and
its context nowhere tell us that Deborah preached! She was a
political leader, granted, but even then worked hand-in-hand
Barak the soldier and Lapidoth her husband. And once we arrive
in Hebrews 11, the Bible's great chapter of faith, she is
overlooked completely! "And what shall I
more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and
of BARAK, and of Samson, and of
Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the
prophets." Hebrews 11:32 could be attributed to male
chauvinism or some patriarchal viewpoint, but that would deny
the inspiration of the Bible! God wrote the Book of Hebrews! The
name Deborah means "bee."
Then we have been studying
Huldah, the prophetess who killed King Josiah! That's about all
that needs to be said about her effectiveness! Oh yes, Huldah as
a name means "weasel."
But here's a woman prophet
often never mentioned. "My God, think thou
upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on
the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would
have put me in fear." Here is a list of Nehemiah's major
enemies in rebuilding Jerusalem! Tobiah and Sanballat are
God-haters from long ago! But this Noadiah is a woman, a
prophetess! Her name, deceptively, means "meeting with Jehovah."
But she sought to frustrate one of the greatest building
projects of all history, Nehemiah's rebuilding the walls of the
great city of Jerusalem! The future capital of the world! You
can tell a lot about a person by his or her enemies!
Then there is Isaiah's wife!
"And I went unto the prophetess; and she
conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his
name Mahershalalhashbaz." Isaiah 8:3 is merely calling
Sister Isaiah, the wife of the Prophet by a tender and loving
"nickname." There is not one shred of Bible evidence to suggest
that Isaiah's wife was a preacher! She was his faithful
companion who bore him two sons. Feminists can't go to this one
for any Bible validation.
Then to the New Testament, we
find Anna, the lady who was so thrilled to see Baby Jesus!
"And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the
daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great
age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her
virginity; and she was a widow of about fourscore and
four years, which departed not from the temple, but served
God with fastings and prayers night and day." Luke
2:36-37 gives her genealogy, her marital status, her age, and
her record of serving the Lord, but no preaching is mentioned!
However, after seeing Jesus she did become quite a witness,
something every Christian is supposed to be!
"And she coming in that instant gave
thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that
looked for redemption in Jerusalem." But even then,
Anna's testimony is "balanced" by that of Simeon. "And,
behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and
the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of
Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed
unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before
he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into
the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to
do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in
his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy
servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes
have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the
face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the
glory of thy people Israel."
Now, that's discernment, Luke 2:25-32.
Here's a Bible
Text that might be called problematic for those who frown on
prophetesses! "And the next day we
that were of Paul's company departed, and came unto Caesarea:
and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which
was one of the seven; and abode with him. And the same
man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy. And as we
tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a
certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he
took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said,
Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind
the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him
into the hands of the Gentiles." Acts 21:8-11 has been
quoted. Certainly, Philip had four daughters who did prophesy.
But we have already seen that the term often means to sing or
testify or play musical instruments, all for the glory of God!
Plus, look at the Text. These girls were immediately ignored by
the Lord and a prophet named Agabus came to Paul and delivered
the real Sermon! How plain can a Passage be?
And let's not forget the
Corinthian women, a few of them anyway! Paul, instructing his
most troublesome congregation, writes:
"Every man praying or prophesying, having his head
covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or
prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her
head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven."
1st Corinthians 11 is here giving some guidelines for the
orderly conduct of a Church service. Again, the verb "prophesy"
can indicate something as innocent as testifying or singing or
even offering a brief word of encouragement. It need not mean
preaching! Here, in fact, it does not! And do remember this, no
prophesying women are mentioned in Philippi or Thessalonica,
Paul's more mature congregations! It's the carnal Corinthians
who are delving into such issues! It is also here that the
ladies seem to have been often out-of-order! Thus Paul had to
later write, "Let your women keep silence
in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak."
Then lastly, in
Revelation 2:20, to the Church at Thyatira our Lord says,
"Notwithstanding I have a few things
against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which
calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants
to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols."
Now here's another prophetess! Just one problem, the Lord
opposes her! She encourages the saints of God to commit some
type of fornication! She is doctrinally and practically wrong!
All I am trying
to say is this. We had better be careful where we get our
spiritual advice! The Preacher you hear week after week should
be a Man of God who is saved, Spirit-filled, called, and
qualified ... powerfully preaching the Word of God! Standing
for righteousness and against sin!
the Bible are not presented in a good light.
I do not mean
this Study to be mean-spirited. But I have a Bible mandate to be
truthful and honest, preaching the whole counsel of God. Paul
did so to the Ephesians, "For I have not
shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God." Acts
Isaiah chapter three, God indicates that once a Nation begins
losing her moral standards, slipping into apostasy, a number of
social indicators will surface. First, her wise leaders will be
moved off the scene! "For, behold, the
Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem ... the
mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and
the prudent, and the ancient, the captain of fifty, and the
honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer,
and the eloquent orator." Then, God adds,
"And I will give children to be
their princes, and babes shall rule over them. And the people
shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his
neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the
ancient, and the base against the honourable." Authority,
order and respect crumble! The Nation's leaders are here called
"children" and "babes," due to their childish ways and lack of
wisdom! Then comes the bombshell as far as radical feminism
goes. The Lord continues, "As for my
people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over
them." It's a sign of judgment from God when women rule a
land. I did not say this. God did!
But do remember
Psalm 11:3, "If the foundations be
destroyed, what can the righteous do?" I fear they are
about destroyed in America! That's why things look as bleak as
And Psalm 9:17 is
still in the Bible. It is written about Nations, too!
"The wicked shall be turned into hell,
and all the nations that forget God."
So says the Lord.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 10, ONE
The Text is quite unfamiliar
to many Christians. It was to me. Ezekiel the Prophet relates
the incident. He is the "son of man" to whom the Lord here
speaks. "Likewise, thou son of man, set
thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out
of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them." Some
women prophets, prophetesses I guess, are mentioned, Ezekiel
But notice what they are doing
in the next verse! "And say, Thus saith
the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all
armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to
hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye
save the souls alive that come unto you?"
Sewing pillows to armholes ...
some type of sorcery or witchcraft meant to bring "good luck"
... and kerchiefs, veils apparently ... to protect from death!
This verse implies that these prophetesses actually can bring
life or death to their subjects, their devotees!
Ezekiel 13:19 continues,
"And will ye pollute me among my people
for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the
souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that
should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your
lies?" These wicked women, so-called preachers mind
you, "desecrate or prostitute or wound" God's people, the Jews!
These are the listed meanings of the Hebrew verb "chalal,"
translated "pollute" in our Text.
But, they want pay for their
work, money! Yet, conversely, they work cheaply too! Handfuls of
barley! Just a few pieces of bread! Curses or blessings ... for
They, upon proper payment,
promptly kill people who should live and spare people who should
die! The power of Satan! Demonic!
God will judge these
prophetesses! These who "catch" God's people in nets and snares
as fowlers would catch birds in Bible days. That's the idea
behing "fly" in Ezekiel 13:20. "Wherefore
thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your
pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them
fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls
go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly."
To "tear" is "to rip or cut or rend" something, "qara" in
Hebrew. God is displeased!
More from the Almighty,
"Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and
deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in
your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the
And the result of such wicked
prophesying? Twofold! "Because with lies
ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not
made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he
should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life."
Ezekiel 13:22 calls them liars! They have both saddened the true
followers of the Lord and encouraged the wicked to continue in
their ungodly ways! Perhaps bad preaching always accomplishes
these two terrible things.
Also this idea of "promising
life" gets political! If these people will obey the prophetesses
and pay them and accept their charms or armbands and veils or
caps ... the Babylonians, the enemies of Judah ... will not harm
them! They, these women, are really promising peace "When there
is no peace!" Here's Jeremiah 8:11, "For
they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly,
saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace."
Finally God says,
"Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations:
for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know
that I am the LORD." God apparently removes their
power here in verse 23. This verb "see" translates "chazah" and
means "to prophesy" as well as "to behold." Hence, the
occupation "seer," a synonym for prophet. All their so-called
"preaching" is here termed "vanity." It means, "shav" in Hebrew,
"emptiness." And "divine divinations" is a double ""qasam qesem,"
witchcraft of witchcrafts! Despicably wicked in God's Eyes!
Here's God's Law in the matter, "There
shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son
or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth
an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a
charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a
necromancer." The word from Deuteronomy 18 that I've
capitalized is "qesem."
God has spoken!
In His Word I mean.
I've only included this
Biblical account from Ezekiel 13 to further illustrate the
danger of prophetesses as presented in the Bible!
God calls men to preach, not
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Several facts still need to be
Back in 2nd Chronicles 34:21,
the first verse of our Text, King Josiah had the Scriptures in
his possession, yet needed further help understanding them. He
needed a Preacher to explain what he had read. So did the
Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8. "And Philip
ran thither to him (the eunuch),and heard him read the
prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he
desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him."
So did the people in
Nehemiah's day. "So they read in the book
in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused
them to understand the reading." Nehemiah 8:8 here
expresses the very basis for expository preaching!
Josiah did right by seeking
help, but wrong by seeking it from the most convenient person,
from Huldah the prophetess.
Then again, how did Hudah rise
to such an elevated position in the Kingdom? I suspect the
answer is political! Note her residence and the occupation of
her husband. "And Hilkiah, and they
that the king had appointed, went to Huldah the
prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvath, the son of
Hasrah, keeper of the wardrobe; now she dwelt in Jerusalem in
the college: and they spake to her to that effect."
This "wardrobe" is either that of the King or of the
Priests! Both men in control! Her husband knew the most powerful
men in the country! An influential position! And whatever
"college" means, it's in the inner City, the Capital of the
Nation! Where the "movers" and the "shakers" live and work!
Politics is NOT the way to choose a Preacher! The Holy Spirit of
God should lead in that area!
But now do remember this.
Huldah did not violently oppose Jeremiah the Prophet. She merely
ignored him. Jeremiah did have enemies too! Pashur, an ungodly
priest, fought Jeremiah and physically harmed him! See Jeremiah
chapter 20. The weeping Prophet also had an outright
confrontation with a false prophet named Hananiah in Jeremiah
28. That's right. No "fights" occurred between Jeremiah and
Hudah, none mentioned in Scripture. Yet not openly opposing
someone is not the same thing as being in favor of him either!
Anyway, Jeremiah is slighted and Huldah is exalted in our Text.
A very bad decision for King Josiah as we saw.
Then look at this. Again
referring to Jeremiah 28, Hananiah the false prophet, the royal
"hired" court preacher,
opposed Jeremiah and soon died for his rebellion! While
godly King Josiah obeyed
Huldah the prophetess and painfully died in the process, even
after she promised him otherwise! This surely shows us where the
Lord placed His premium, on Jeremiah the God-called one!
And here's what happened to
Preachers in Jeremiah's day, Prophets who did not please the
King! "And there was also a man that
prophesied in the name of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah
of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied against this city and against
this land according to all the words of Jeremiah: and when
Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the
princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death:
but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into
Egypt; and Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely,
Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him into
Egypt. And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought
him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and
cast his dead body into the graves of the common people."
Here in Jeremiah 26:20-23 Urijah died. While Huldah lived and
Lastly think of the suffering
Jeremiah endured, again and again! "Then
said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for
the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the
wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him
with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words."
Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks
that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was
by the house of the LORD." Jeremiah 20:2
then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah
the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was
in the king of Judah's house." Jeremiah 32:2
And Jeremiah 38:6,
"Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him
into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was
in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with
cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire:
so Jeremiah sunk in the mire."
But with this woman preacher,
"Huldah the prophetess, the wife of
Shallum, keeper of the wardrobe; now she dwelt in Jerusalem in
the college," royal wardrobes and collegiate
surroundings, luxury and plenty! No suffering!
Yet Paul would later say,
"Yea, and all that will live godly in
Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2nd Timothy 3:12
A life of ease does not always
indicate closeness to God! A lack of hardships! No enemies!
Just a few concluding
If they don't help you, they
do encourage me!
Preachers, stay "in" God's
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
... OR "JEREMIAH" TYPES, WE ALL WILL BE FACED WITH SUCH A
CHOICES! HOW WILL WE RESPOND?