Today’s Reading – 2 Kings 22-23 and 2 Chronicles 34-35
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.
2 King 22:11
The law had been so forgotten in the land that the book containing all the laws had been long misplaced in the temple. It is easier to stray from God’s teachings when they are not a part of your everyday life.
Josiah upon hearing the law for the first time, responds with complete humility. And begins the process of restoring the law in the land.
400 years ago the Bible was translated into English and the people were able to read it themselves for the first time. No one else needed to interpret the Bible for them. It was a fresh rebirth for Christianity.
Here were 400 years later and the Bible is the most published, most purchased book in the world. Most people own several copies of it. And yet, it sits on most of our shelves misplaced and forgotten.
Rediscover the teachings of God for yourselves. Pick up a Bible today and read it. Perhaps you too might respond like Josiah.
Be careful though.
It is easy to forget the value of the teachings . . .
Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother’s name was Hamutal daughter of Jeremiah; she was from Libnah. He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, just as his predecessors had done. 2 King 23:31-32