10 Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.
11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes. 12 He gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Akbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s attendant: 13 “Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that burns against us because those who have gone before us have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.”
Here at MLP, we’re never shy to point out books we think you (we) ought to read. I’ve got a couple myself I’d suggest to you…
But when it gets down to it, there’s one book above all others that ought to be read. The gospel was obscured in King Josiah’s day; all kinds of advice was going around, all kinds of things were said and read and preached, but few of them were from God’s word. What a change was wrought in Josiah when the king heard the words read.
The same can be true for us, and looking around, we need it. Here’s a bit of encouragement: tolle lege! Take up and read. As Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”