***Holy Week suggested additional reading, Matthew 28***
Vs. 1, “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.” What a perplexing but good thing it is to see that the evil King Amon would have such a godly young son in Josiah. Josiah sought the LORD at a young age (vs. 3) and was convicted to change the idolatrous ways of his people (vs. 2-7). Desiring to renovate the temple, Josiah sends his scribe Shaphan, Maaseiah, and Joah to inform the Hilkiah the high priest to start restoring the temple (vs. 8-13). In the midst of the restoration project, Hilkiah found the Book of the Law (vs. 14-18), which was the Pentateuch, the first five books. Josiah’s responds with a convicted heart as he sees the error of his people. In the latter half of our chapter (vs. 19-33), we see King Josiah’s delegation seek a prophecy from Huldah the prophetess (vs. 22). We are reminded that the Bible has examples for us of women prophets (Miriam, Deborah, Noadiah, Isaiah’s wife, Anna, Philip’s prophesying daughters) as well as women’s testimonies of the risen Lord! Huldah’s prophecy from God was not one with a happy ending. Though King Josiah added additional years of peace for Judah, the consequences of God were already in motion.
Regarding application…Lost Now Found. Vs. 15, “Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan.” I love the timing in our text today as the Word made Flesh (Jesus) has risen on Easter! The Book of the Law was found and Jesus is now found to not be lost in death, but alive in victory! Josiah would have never found the Book of the Law if he did not desire to restore the temple. We would not find Jesus if we did not have a heart to seek the truth. Having heard the law, Josiah responds with repentance and action. A genuine response to God is often followed up by our actions. He is risen and I pray we respond with joy in our hearts to live out the victory that is found in Jesus!