Day 12 | Josiah Finds the Law
2 Kings 23:1-3
What is the most valuable thing you have ever lost and found? Do you remember how happy you were when you found the item that you thought was gone forever? It was like a weight had been lifted off your chest. Whatever you lost was really valuable to you. But the story of Josiah in the book of Kings puts our lost and found stories in perspective.
When Josiah became King, God’s word hadn’t been heard for 57 years, it had been lost inside the Temple! God’s instructions to the people of Israel—His Law—had been totally forgotten. As a result, they had lost the blessing of living in a healthy relationship with God, their Provider.
One day the High Priest over God’s Temple, Hilkiah, was doing his duties inside the Temple and found the Book of the Law. He gave it to Shaphan, the secretary of the Temple, who began to read it out loud. It was the first time God’s Word had been heard in Israel for an entire generation! When Josiah heard the Law of God, the Bible tells us, “he tore his robes.” (2 Kings 22:11). Josiah was totally shaken by what he had heard. The Word of God exposed his sin and that the sin of all of the Hebrew people. Josiah and the entire Kingdom of Israel repented and trusted in God once again.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ this Christmas season, we need to remember that God’s Word is a good gift from God. The Bible is God’s inspired Word that equips us for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). His Word is truly the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path (Ps. 119:105). It points us to Jesus, our Immanuel—the God who is with us—who promises to never leave nor forsake us. May we never lose our passion for this God, who reveals Himself through His word!
Memory Verse | Psalm 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
What is the Law of God?
Why had the people lost God’s Word?
What happened when Josiah heard the Law read? Why?
How can you obey God’s word today?