2020-06-27 - God’s Word
2 Kings 22:8 (NIV) Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, ”I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.“
The history of the Hebrew nation is full of both good and bad kings. Are we read through the two Books of Kings, we find that some of the kings were evil in God‘s sight. Under them, numerous leaders of Israel and Judah sacrificed to foreign gods. Some even set up altars to them in the Holy Temple. The Word of God, the Pentateuch, was forgotten and misplaced. There have always been leaders who let power go to their heads and forget that they are responsible for the people, and they answer to God for how they lead. They forget that they are to be godly servants. Today, we have leaders who insist on defunding police but the people notice that those leaders do not sacrifice their own police protection. They are fully protected from crime themselves when they ask others to go without.
But as with any type of leader, not all are bad. Under King Josiah, the nation of Judah turned back to following the Lord, and the temple was repaired. The high priest found the Book of the Law, or the Pentateuch. He took it to the king, who had it read to him. Hearing the Word of God had a profound effect on him. The king tore his robes in an expression of emotion. He realized how far the people has strayed from God.
Unlike in ancient times, we have easy access to God‘s Word. Besides printed Bibles, there are apps for our phones that contain numerous versions of the Bible. Some programs will even read the Holy Scriptures aloud to us. Not having God‘s Word available to us is no excuse today. Why aren‘t we reading it and obeying God?
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.