The Book of the Law. Moses’ book. God’s words.
God tells us an encouraging story about King Josiah in the second book of Chronicles. King Josiah knew it was time to repair the temple of the Lord. So he made it happen.
While they were cleaning and fixing the temple, they discovered “the Book of the Law of the Lord that had been given through Moses.” 2 Chronicles 34:14. The book was read to the king who immediately tore his robes and asked the prophetess Huldah to tell him what God wanted to say to him. Her message from God could be boiled down to three words, ‘disaster is coming’.
The king reacted immediately by having the Book read to all of the people and then leading them in renewing their covenant with God. The king cleared out all of the idols from the temple and destroyed all of the places for idol worship and altars. He also had to get rid of the priests who were leading the people in their worship of idols. He did away with all the mediums and spiritists along with all other ‘detestable’ things.
When everything was done, they celebrated the Passover which had not been celebrated properly for hundreds of years. Great job, King Josiah!
So what about me? What about you? Is it true that some of us need to ‘find’ the book of the Lord?
Are there ‘things’ in our lives that we put a higher priority on than our relationship with God? These are our idols.
Do we look at sources other than God for our guidance and direction? How often to we check with Google on important things rather than checking with God? These other sources are our mediums and spiritists.
Is our Bible sitting on the shelf more than its been sitting open on our lap? We need to read it and know it.
And let God transform our lives through it.
I cannot think of a time in my lifetime that it was more important for me – and you – to know the Word of God for ourselves. Almost daily I hear stories of pastors and religious leaders who are not teaching the whole truth found in the Bible. We must know the Word ourselves so we can compare what we are being taught to what we know is the truth.
King Josiah’s cleansing of the land of Judah was a high point in their history. He heard God’s word, he listened and he obeyed.
King Josiah found the Book. The book led him to God. God led him to renewal and celebration.
Is it time for some renewal and celebration in your life?
Maybe its time to REALLY find the Book.
Thank you for revealing your truth to us in your Word, Abba Father.