My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

2 Chronicles 34

The book of the Covenant is found

Josiah was 8 when he became king, and reigned 31 years. He did good. As he grew older, he had all the Baals and other altars torn down. He had the temple repaired.

Whilst they were repairing the temple, the book of the Law, which had been given to Moses, was found. When the book was read to Josiah, he was gutted, because he realised how far Israel had gone from God. They asked Huldah, a prophetess about it, and she prophesied that God was going to curse them, just as the book said, but that the curses would only come after Josiah's time.

Josiah read the book to all the people, they the pledged to follow it.

Key verse:
21. Great is the Lord's anger that is poured out on us because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written in this book.

My thoughts:
A controversial story indeed. It is very plausible to believe that the Torah did not really exist in any real way until this event. The book just happens to turn up. You can imagine a keen priest compiling and then presenting it to the king as the lost book of Moses. It is impossible to know exactly when the Torah comes into existence. The Bible does seem to assume that it came to Moses, though this cannot be entirely true, though I believe the jist of it was revealed to Moses, and that he may have written sections of it. It depends where your faith is at.

You can see the power of the book in this story. It convicts Josiah, and shows him what is going wrong. Perhaps this is one role of the Bible we have now.


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