The Lost Word

When they were bringing out the money which had been brought into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the book of the law of the Lord given by Moses. (II Chronicles 34:14 NASB)
         During the reign of King Josiah, Hilkiah the priest, happens upon the Book of the Law of the Lord.  The Law had been missing in Jerusalem and they weren’t even looking for it. The result of losing the Word is always devastating. 
         King Josiah upon hearing the words of this scroll, tears his clothing in despair. He sent Hilkiah and others to the Temple prophet saying, (v 21B … “for great is the wrath of the Lord which is poured out on us because our fathers have not observed the word of the Lord, to do according to all that is written in this book.” The prophet, who by the way was a women, told the delegation that indeed the Lord is angry and will bring disaster to this city and its people for offering sacrifices to pagan gods.  But because Josiah had repented, God would not bring the promised disaster until after his lifetime.
         When we forsake the Word of God there are always dire consequences. Whatever we fill our minds and hearts with we become. Not immersing ourselves in God’s Word opens us up to all forms of evil.  Idols and many false gods take residence in our hearts.  False gods always disappoint those who worship them.  The lost Word always makes you into the biggest loser.
Ken Barnes, the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places”  YWAM Publishing

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