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2 Chronicles 34 [Read]
2 Chronicles 35 [Read]
2 Chronicles 36 [Read]
John 19:1-22 [Read]
Like many people I know, I own multiple copies of the Bible. They are in different languages and translations. Unless you are expert in the original biblical languages, you will probably be benefited by reading a few different English or Chinese translations of the same passage. Though you may not have as many Bibles as I have, you can probably find one easily when needed.
It’s not so for King Josiah. He became king at the age of eight, and he began to seek the LORD at 15 (2Ch 34:1). Four years later, he began to cleanse Judah and Jerusalem (34:3). It was another 6 years before he began to repair the temple of God (34:8). He apparently did all these without the book of Law. It took him altogether 18 years to begin to put the nation back on track. This showed us how far Judah had gone astray during the reign of Manasseh and Amon (2Ch 33), and it also showed the determination required for a king to bring the people back to God.
Then and only then, they discovered the Book of the Law of Moses (34:14). It’s not clear how such an important item could have gotten lost in the temple, but the unexpected discovery showed that priests and kings had not consulted it for a long time. “When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes” (34:19), for he found the reason why God was angry with them (34:21).
Josiah took action to correct that immediately. He humbled himself before the LORD (34:27), re-established covenant with the people before the LORD (34:31), and celebrated the Passover to the LORD in Jerusalem (35:1). The celebration was huge, so that “none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah” (35:18). Josiah not only found the word of God and read it, but he also put it in action.
I may have many copies of Bible sitting on my shelf, but I cannot say I have the same kind of reaction and action as Josiah had toward the word of God. I still struggle with humbling myself completely before the Lord, and I still fail here and there in following Bible’s teaching in my daily life. However, that just makes the blood of Christ ever so precious (1 Jn 1:9) and my reliance on him ever so real.
Keep on reading, you have finished the 17th book.