They lost their Bible!


2 Kings 22:8 (ESV): 8 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.


After the wickedness of various kings of Judah, but most notoriously Manasseh, Josiah became king at 8 years old. This was in the waning years of Judah before its’ destruction by Babylon.

Josiah led the people in many wonderful reforms and sought after God. One of those reforms was the repair of the Temple. Shockingly, the Book of the Law of the Lord was found in the process.

The judgments read in that book spurred Josiah to make huge reforms. God blessed him and Judah during his life.


One wonders how God’s people could be his people and seek after him without having God’s Law to guide them. Yes, the teachings, songs and more could be passed down orally, but is it no wonder the people strayed so dramatically from God?

In the same way, we neglect God’s Word today at our own peril. It doesn’t matter how many other books, teachings, songs, etc. we have. We must be people of the Book!


Heavenly Father, may I be a person so immersed in Your Word that it is evident to everyone with whom I come into contact. Amen.

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