2 Kings 22: Search and Destroy
When you were a little kid and broke the rules, one of the most common excuses I bet you used was, “But I didn’t know.” We always like to plead ignorance because we somehow think that that will remove the consequences.
2 Kings 22 talks about King Josiah of Judah. He is famous because he began ruling at eight years old, but I think that there is something a lot cooler about him.
He had ordered some repair work to be done on the temple, and one of his workers found the book of the law. I don’t know why the king didn’t have it already, but apparently it was hidden away in the temple. The servant brought it to the king, and he wanted it read.
2Ki 22:10 And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.
2Ki 22:11 And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.
2Ki 22:12 And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king’s, saying,
2Ki 22:13 Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.
There were no excuses there. Josiah had his eyes opened and was all of a sudden aware of all the problems that the people of Judah had caused. He immediately went to God to figure out how to fix it. He didn’t say, “Well, it wasn’t my fault,” or, “I just don’t really care.” He said that he was going to fix the problem because it wasn’t right.
I think that we need to take that attitude. We need to make sure that we don’t gloss over problems because it has always been done that way or it wasn’t our fault. Problems are problems, and as Christians we have a responsibility to walk with God. I hope that we do that to the best of our abilities.