Second Kings 22 Commentary
We guessed it right. No one has been reading the word of the LORD. See how the king reacts when the Law is read to him! This Law was meant to be read and meditated day and night. This would keep God’s people on the rails.
The Book of the Law must be found. It must be read. The reader must respond to the word in an appropriate manner. King Josiah tore his robes in humility. It is this repentance that postponed the scattering.
The word must be passed on but the herald must first read it. Hilkiah the high priest is a very good example of an evangelist. Shaphan the secretary followed the same example. They both understood the contents of the law as having something important for their times. You are not an effective evangelist until you have read and appreciated the contents of the book.
Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us. We are not the only ones defining the color of the present. Those that have gone before us have a say. The saint must also know that his righteousness, or lack of it, has a bearing on future generations.
The Law of the LORD provided King Josiah with a clear revelation of his times. Events, good or bad, don’t just happen. There is a God out there who is in control and shapes the course of history. And one day, at His command, this world will come to an end. It is a sad reality that many today are yet to find the book and check for themselves the meaning of what is happening right now. The saint is however encouraged to glory in the revelations that the Book of the Law gives.
Those that have found the book and read it have the responsibility of passing it on.
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