2 Kings 22:3-11-And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, 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. And shaphan the scribe came to the king, and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord. And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
Finding the book of the law was of huge importance during the time of the kings in the Old Testament.
After all, kings came and went. The lines of demarcation rose and fell according to battles won and lost by various tribes.
It was a time of turmoil and many times those that sat upon the thrones of Israel turned away from God and trampled His instructions even when called to repent by scribes or prophets sent to afford them of His wishes.
It took a smart king to ‘rent his clothes’ (realize the weight of ignorance of sin did not excuse paying a penalty.)
You can tell that after Josiah read the law, he knew his people had better get their act together and ask for forgiveness.
First, however, he had to READ them the law.
Many laws in our country (the USA) are fluid in nature. Whereas we once had a law of Prohibition, people rose against it and changed it by changing the law. A majority of people voted to change what they perceived as a ‘bad’ law. The majority ruled, so to speak.
It is clear when reading Scripture that we fall under a different system. There is no majority rule in the Bible. God’s law triumphs over man’s. It is that simple. In Matthew 22:21, Jesus himself instructed us to “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
In order to understand what God demands, it is important to read the manuel; to read His words and His laws. It is also important to understand what Jesus is saying. We have to live in a world of laws and we are expected to OBEY them…just as we are expected to obey God’s laws.
Only when the two are in direct conflict, when our freedom to worship according to His rules are we to put ourselves in conflict…and even then we are to conduct our disobedience according to His standards. It would be wise to read, learn, and ponder the manuel of behavior God sets before us before we allow ourselves to be manipulated by worldly reactions…..