In the 18th year of King Josiah, the Temple of God, Adonai, YHWH, needed repairs. The scrolls had been forgotten and the people had only the oral law and traditions that the priests held as sacred. Have you ever played the game where people sit in a circle and one person begins a thought and hopes that the thought comes back correctly after going through the others? It usually comes back with the context completely different. That is what had happened before King Josiah, but it was a real big circle with only the basics written down.
The king had called for Hilkiah, the high priest, to take charge of the restoration project but little did they realize how big that restoration would be. We pick up at the text after Hilkiah was going through some rubble and found something………..
And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord.” Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” 2 Kings 22:8-13 (ESV)
What a find and what a celebration. The Torah, or Book of the Law, had been recovered and people began to repent in the first largest revival in history. What a time that must have been. I wonder what scrolls they actually had to read from. Did they have the wisdom books? The Psalms? Samuel’s memoirs that became the rise of King David? Other Histories? Oh to discover the sinfulness of not following God’s Law. That must have been painful.
Just about every Christian home in the world has a Bible in it somewhere. How much dust is on the cover?? An unopened Bible means that the Word is not kept on the heart. We are to meditate on it daily. How often do you look at it (the Word inside not just on the cover)? Nowhere in Scripture does it say to hide the text away not to be seen or heard. I have been a student of Scripture for just over 40 years and I still find solace in seeing what the written Word will reveal while the still, small voice explains it in my head.
What does the Bible do for us today?
It reveals God to us
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
It provides Guidance and Direction
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
It provides our bread to deepen our faith
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 2 Cor. 5:13
It provides direction on how to be cleansed from sin
I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
So what are we to do?
Read the Word with an open heart that we hear God’s voice and listen as He tells us His story.
Read the Word in the Spirit of Prayer. Pray to prepare yourself in spending time with god.
Be reactive to the Word by following the Will of God and the teachings of Christ.
Sacrifice our lives daily to His Will, not ours.
Brothers and Sisters, live for God and follow Him. Be a part of the next Great Revival and get the Word to the World.
Much Love In Christ,