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King Josiah: The Law is Found

King Josiah: The Law is Found

2 Chronicles 34

            Josiah was one of the greatest kings in Judah’s history. His father Amon had left the kingdom in a mess; yet this did not deter this tremendous man of God. Even as a youngster he sought the Lord, and by age twenty he began a nationwide reformation. He eventually spearheaded an effort to repair the House of God. It was during this work that an incredible event occurred that would forever be associated with Josiah.

            As the various parts of the temple were being repaired, Hilkiah discovered, “the book of the Law of the LORD given by Moses” (34.14-15). What an amazing find! Apparently during Amon’s reign, the Law of Moses had been thrust aside, and relegated to the trash heap. It is no wonder then that his reign was characterized as, “he forsook the Lord God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord” (2 King 21.22). God’s people will never please Him or be able to do His will if they forsake His word (Hosea 4.6)

            After the Law had been discovered, the men went and reported to Josiah what had happened. After hearing the Scripture read to him, the text reads, “when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes” (34.19). For all the powerful and godly changes Josiah had completed, he recognized they were still falling short of God’s will. Doing most of God’s will but not all of it, is still failing. Someone may love their wife and neighbors, give alms generously, and pray fifteen times a day, but refuse to worship Jehovah as He has prescribed. This person is not doing God’s will.

            Finally, Josiah commanded, “Go, inquire of the LORD for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found” (34:20-21). The king did not seek advice from his friends, family, acquaintances, or bystanders. He went to inquire of the Lord. It is irrelevant what all others think or feels what God may want. It only matters what God Himself wants. Also, Josiah did not delay in seeking Jehovah’s counsel. He did not have to think about it or sleep on it. Delaying only puts off the inevitable but does not change it.

            This event during Josiah reign abounds with godly lessons. People will never reach their godly potential without Jehovah’s help. Seeking and doing all of God’s will is paramount. Thankfully, God recorded and preserved this fantastic event, and all subsequent generations can learn from it.