2 Chronicles 34:18–21
18 Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.
19 Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes.
20 Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying,
21 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for those who are left in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do according to all that is written in this book.”
Josiah was made king when he was eight years old. When he was sixteen he began to make changes in the nation leading it to seek the Lord. Josiah would have been the great-great grandson of Hezekiah. His father and grandfather and great-grandfather were wicked kings who forsook the Lord. Over 60 years had transpired since the revival of Hezekiah and the Temple was again in disarray. When the servants of the king were cleaning the Temple they found the scrolls of the Law of Moses and read them before king Josiah.
When the Law of God was read, Josiah knew that the nation was in trouble before God. He rid the nation of idolatry, led the nation in humble prayer and restored the sacrifices and the Passover. God responded by again showing His mercy and holding back His wrath in the face of the kings and the nation’s repentance.
Notice with me king Josiah’s respect for the Law of God. We can learn something from this. We have several copies of God’s law both in paper and electronic form. Do we read it with fear and trembling when we see our nation and those around us living diametrically opposed to it? Are we examining our own lives in the pages of God’s law looking for where we come up short and in humble repentance seeking God’s face asking Him to hold back His judgment?
Let’s look at Josiah’s respect for the recovered Law of God and let’s look at our own attitude toward our Bibles. Let’s compare and contrast our attitude verses Josiah’s attitude. Then let’s look at God’s response to Josiah and God’s response to us. How are we doing?
Thank you for your prayers. Continue with me in dependent prayer seeking God’s face first and foremost. Pray for God to be exalted through changing lives in our VBS. Pray for God to be exalted in our efforts to proclaim Him. Pray for God to purge us so that He can work in the hearts of the children and the parents who come.
It was fun to watch the Blackhawks win last night. Apparently there were people up partying all night in the streets of Chicago. I guess I am too old to enjoy that or maybe it is a priority thing. Nonetheless, it is a good time to be a fan of Chicago hockey. One fan who got to touch the Stanley Cup said it was the greatest moment of his life. It would be pretty awesome but far from one of life’s greatest moments. As a follower of Christ, my name is forever recorded in a far more important place. The Stanley Cup is amazing, but the Book of Life of those washed in the blood is truly a forever recording. The day of my salvation was the most amazing day of my life and has effected every day since then and will continue to effect every day forever.
Have a great day in the Lord,