The Pastor’s Quill
July 27, 2014
By Pastor Tim Hodge
In the Bible we find a very intriguing story of a young, boy king named Josiah. He became king of Judah at the age of eight. His father was THE “most wicked” king in the history of all Israel / Judah’s kings. At the age of eighteen, Josiah had a heart for God (even though he didn’t really know anything about God) so he commissioned funds to be allocated to remodeling the temple. While conducting these long-overdue and much-needed repairs, the construction guys proceeded to remove an old dilapidated pillar. To their amazement, they found the pillar to be hollow and something was inside. What was inside was the Law of Moses (our version of Genesis through Deuteronomy).
The priests rushed out and came to show King Josiah what they had found. Here is what is important: for YEARS no one had read the Word of God. Judah had been in such a backslidden state that the Word of God had been destroyed (except for this volume found in this ‘time capsule’ type pillar). Idolatry was rampant in the land. Even in the Temple of God the previous leaders had allowed certain sections to be designated for pagan, sex-centered idolatry. As the priest began to read these words from the Law of Moses, King Josiah was grief-stricken with conviction. Here is how the Bible records his reaction in 2 Kings 22:11, “Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes” (NKJV).