All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Josiah was a king. A good king, for that matter. In fact, he might be considered among the best of the kings of ancient Judah. 2 Kings 22.1-2 records this about him:
Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem… And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, and did not turn aside to the right or to the left.
This is a far cry from where his father, Amon, and grandfather, Manasseh, had been. These kings both had their thrones and their lives removed from them because of their wickedness. So what was different about Josiah? Why was he considered a good king?
Josiah’s reforms could be cited as the reason why he was considered a good king. Fair enough; chapters 23 goes into great detail on what Josiah had done for God and the kingdom of Judah. So what? Should we expect that if we have done much for God, like Josiah did, then God will reward us and call us good? Our answer must be no, because that’s not where Josiah’s story begins.
The Book of the Law had been forgotten by the nations of Israel and Judah for so long, that they had even forgotten where it was. For years, they were just following their own ways mixed with some teachings from God’s prophets. 2 Kings 22.8-13 continues:
…Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it… Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded (them), saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.”
The Bible is for…
We know what the Bible is ultimately about, but this is what it’s for. As the opening verse says God has given us His word not only to reveal Himself to us, but to give us the means by which we would learn about Him, be corrected, and ultimately become more like Jesus. For many of us, the Bible has become something that we just breeze through and say, “yeah, that makes a bit of sense”. But if we were using God’s word the way He made it to be used, there would be loads more repentance and correction in the Church.
How about you? Is the Bible just a book of nice stories to you? Or are you asking the Spirit to come and speak to your heart through God’s Word? Like Josiah, let’s repent for our often neglect of God’s Word in regards to our lives.