Lessons from History: The Tale of the Story of Two Men
A Sermon on 2 Kings 21-23
Ravi Zacharias illuminates the power and responsibility of leadership, and what a good Christian leader looks like. “It is possible,” he notes, “for one person to lead millions into untold evil.” In spite of the blueprint for national life given in Deuteronomy 8, a succession of bad leaders of the nation of Israel led it to division and disaster. In 2 Kings 21:1-6, the story of Manasseh is told, how he led a reaction against the faith of his father, accelerated hedonism, and persecuted the prophets. Perhaps worst of all, he led Judah into mistreating their own children. By contrast, Josiah (2 Kings 22-23) recovered the word of God and restored worship, the most beautiful gift that God has given to believers. Zacharias challenges us to take account of what sort of leader we will be and whose pattern we will follow.
An alumnus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MDiv, 1977), Ravi Zacharias has been described by Chuck Colson as “the great apologist of our time.”* Zacharias is the author of numerous Christian books, including Gold Medallion Book Award winner Can Man Live Without God? and bestsellers Light in the Shadow of Jihad and The Grand Weaver. He is the founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, host of the radio programs Let My People Think and Just Thinking, and visiting professor at Wycliffe Hall of Oxford, where he teaches apologetics and evangelism.
*Staub, Dick (January 2004). “The Dick Staub Interview: Ravi Zacharias’s Wonderful World“. Christianity Today. Retrieved 2014-06-26.