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2 Chronicles Chapter 34 (ESV)


14 While they were bringing out the money that had been brought into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given through Moses…


18 Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it before the king. 19 And when the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his clothes. 20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, 21 “Go, inquire of the Lord for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do according to all that is written in this book.”…


29 Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 And the king went up to the house of the Lord, with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the priests and the Levites, all the people both great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. 31 And the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. 32 Then he made all who were present in Jerusalem and in Benjamin join in it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. 33 And Josiah took away all the abominations from all the territory that belonged to the people of Israel and made all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. All his days they did not turn away from following the Lord, the God of their fathers.



When King Josiah read the Book of the Law of the Lord found by Hilkiah the priest, he repented and humbled himself, and promised to follow God’s commandments recorded in the book. The Bible is the living and active word of God. If we do not read the Bible we will not understand God’s word. It is not enough even if we read God’s word, we also need to willingly do according to what was written. There is no difference between the Bible on the bookshelf and the lost Book of the Law of the Lord, they both have no effect if they are not read. Reflect if you always put your Bible on the bookshelf and do not read it. You may have many Bibles of different versions but your life will not have much changes if you do not read them often.



Ask God to give you a fervent heart for His word and insist on reading the Bible daily. Ask God to not only give you wisdom to understand His word but also for a humble spirit and an obedient heart that you are willing to do according to God’s word – to live a life pleasing to God.



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