Summary: The importance of rediscovering what the Word of God can do in our lives
Someone Find the Book!
(2 Chronicles 34:1-8; 14-15)
1Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
2And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left. 3For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images. 4And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them. 5And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem. 6And so did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali, with their mattocks round about. 7And when he had broken down the altars and the groves, and had beaten the graven images into powder, and cut down all the idols throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.
8Now in the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land, and the house, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, and Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the LORD his God.
14And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses.
15And Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah delivered the book to Shaphan.
Introduction: We see that in our text Josiah at the age of 8 years becomes the King of Judah. At age 16 verse 3 says, “he began to seek after the God of David his father.”
At the age of 20 Josiah began to purge Judah of its idols. Josiah hated the spiritual condition of Judah. It had fallen deep into sin. Judah had become a pagan nation. Josiah destroyed not only all the idols but he also killed the priest that had sacrificed to these idols.
Oh, how we need to have our land purged of its idols! We , just as Josiah, need to get of those things we have built to take the place of God. 2 Chronicles 34:2 says that Josiah, “Walked in the way of David his father.” Not only did he walk in the ways of his father, but also he didn’t waver. Verse 2 goes on to say, “He declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.”
Josiah was a godly man, and he was a consistent man. He cared about the things of God. Josiah was a young man that made a difference. At the age of 26, something wonderful happened in Josiah’s life that made a big impact on his life. While repairing the Temple, Hilkiah the priest found, “The Book.”
Folks, its time that someone fines The Book, Judah had lost the Book. We see in our text the shape that Judah found herself in after she had lost The Book. Look at the shape we are in today.