Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2 Chronicles 34:18-21 -- On Knowing the Law

"Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath given me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes.
And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king’s, saying,
Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do after all that is written in this book."
2 Chronicles 34:18-21

I think it is so interesting that Josiah (the king that they refer to here) didn't know the words of the law before they were read to him.  He obviously knew something, because he has been destroying the places of idol worship, and they found the law as they were fixing up the temple.  So, he loved God, and felt an obligation, but he didn't know the law... which makes me think of Lehi sending his sons back to Jerusalem for the brass plates, and how important that was.  And it also makes me think of us, today.  If we forget what God wants us to do, we can just pull the scriptures up on the internet, or as an app on our phones or tablets.  But sometimes, perhaps because it is so easy, we take them for granted, and we *still* don't read them.  Today, let's be as repentant as Josiah was in this regard.  Let's realize how important it is to know God's law and follow it... and let's set aside some time in our busy schedules to read the scriptures.  Let's do his will, rather than worshipping our particular idols of the workplace, the shopping mall, or whatever else is taking our time instead. :)  Let's make sure that we, and our families, know the law better than Josiah did, and remember to keep the promises that we've made to the Lord.

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