When King Josiah heard what was written in the Book of the Law — which would have been some, or all of the first five books of the Bible — he was mortified. He had no idea how far he and his ancestors had strayed from The Lord’s path. The first thing he wants to do is find out more. He sends a group of priests and advisors to ask more of the Lord in the temple. I had a similar experience when I found the bible and realised what was written within its pages. My first thought was that, having lived in total ignorance for so long, how quickly could I learn enough about God’s ways to turn my life around and begin to set things right. God, who made us all and everything we else we need, has also given us his instructions. He has revealed his plans for us and his love for us in the holy scriptures. If you never read them or never hear them, then your chances of finding the answers to the questions you keep asking about your life and the point of your existence will be slim. God’s way of life for all of us is written in the bible. It is the truth and it is totally reliable. It will be relevant to you today and everyday for the rest of your life.
2 Kings 22:8-13 NLT
Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the court secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the Lord’s Temple!” Then Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan, and he read it. Shaphan went to the king and reported, “Your officials have turned over the money collected at the Temple of the Lord to the workers and supervisors at the Temple.” Shaphan also told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll.” So Shaphan read it to the king. When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair. Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser: “Go to the Temple and speak to the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah. Inquire about the words written in this scroll that has been found. For the Lord’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.”
When King Josiah, heard the word of God written in the Book of the Law found in the temple, he responded immediately to this new knowledge. He wanted to get right with God as quickly as he could. This whole project – TWG – has come about for exactly that reason. I want to help as many people as possible, to “find the book of the law in the temple” and having done that, I hope these daily devotionals, this resource, might be of some use to them as they explore God’s word and find out what his plans for them might be.
2 Kings 22:3-23:30, Acts 21:37-22:16, Psalms 1:1-6, Proverbs 18:11-12