I Have Found the Book of the Law

I Have Found the Book of the Law

Bro. Mark Munson

One of the greatest paleontology discoveries in America came in 1902 when a paleontologist by the name of Barnum Brown discovered the head and bones of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a place called Hell Creek, Montana. A rather appropriate name, wouldn't you say? The size of this monster was forty-five-feet-long and its skull was four feet long, with a mouth full of six-inch-long-teeth! Wouldn't you hate to see that thing come walking down your street? This thing was a holy-terror in its day or in any day, to say the least! It was the largest carnivorous dinosaur of its time and its discovery forever changed the way that dinosaurs were studied in the future. I'm just sad it wasn't discovered in Texas! After all, everything is supposed to be bigger and better in Texas, right?

Well, about three thousand years earlier, in the land of Israel, another important discovery was made. It happened during the time of King Josiah's reign. Now, King Josiah was a good king. He was eight years old when he came to the throne of Judah, so, don't lose hope if your young-un knows what he wants to do with his life when he's eight years old. There is hope, yet! But Josiah was the product of two evil kings, his father Amon, and his grandfather, Manasseh. Both of these kings had turned Judah away form God and both of them had worshiped the idols of Baal, Asherah, and Molech, Molech being the worst because that god demanded child sacrifice. Sound a little familiar? But worse yet, believe it or not, was the desecration of the Temple of God. Both of these evil kings set up altars to Baal inside the walls of the Temple! For this, God's anger was greatly kindled against Judah. But, then along came Josiah. You can read his story in 2 Kings 22 and 23. The Bible says about Josiah that "he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David (that would be King David, Israel's greatest and brightest king who some-kind-of-loved the Lord) and Josiah did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left." He followed God straight ahead-on. He had some help at that younger, tender age from his mother whose name was Jedidah and whose name means, "beloved". With a name like that, you know you've got a good momma by your side. And at the young age of eight years, he began to seek the God of his great, great, grandfather, David. Second Chronicles tells us that he began tearing down all the idols that his father had put up, including the high places of Canaanite worship.

In 2 Kings 22, we pick up the story where he had ordered the cleaning up and restoration of the Temple of God. This restoration took place in his eighteenth year of reign, so he was twenty six years old when this event I'm about to tell you about took place. One of the things that his evil ancestors had done was to demand the destruction of the scriptures of God. They were to be destroyed by fire or by any other means. But somewhere along the way, a priest must have taken a copy of the Law, which were the first five books of Moses, or parts of the book of Deuteronomy, and hid them in the Temple. Now, in Josiah's eighteenth year of reign, during this restoration, this hidden book of the Law was found and read before the king. Upon hearing it, Josiah tore his clothes in shame and in repentance for his nation because he knew that if he didn't, if his nation did not repent of it sins, God was about to destroy Judah for good. In verse 13 he cried out, "great is the wrath of the Lord that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us." He even sent his priests to the prophetess Huldah to see what needed to be done. She sent word back assuring him that since he had torn his clothes and repented for the sins of his country, God would not allow destruction to come in his days, so he could rest in peace with his fathers before him.

Now folks, if the Word of God that had been lost and then found, caused one man to repent in behalf of his nation and save that nation from heavenly destruction, what should be our attitude towards God's Holy Word and His judgment upon this nation? Shouldn't we also cry out to God for our nation's behalf and seek His blessing instead?

When the country preacher was visiting one of his member's homes, the mother said to her daughter, "Honey, why don't you go and get that book momma loves so much and show it to the preacher?" The little girl came back with the Sears and Roebuck catalogue.

Everyone of us has a much greater book than that lying around somewhere in our house. Why don't you find yours and discover what it is that God wants you to do in behalf of your nation and in behalf of you and your family? Do you think there might need to be some repenting of our own?

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