“I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD.” 2 Kings 22:8
Some have supposed that the priests, to save themselves the trouble of writing, and the people of reading, the book at large, had furnished themselves with abstracts of the law, leaving out or slightly mentioning some parts thereof — particularly the threatenings; and therefore, Josiah, when he made the discovery of the whole, was the more affected, in consequence of having been brought up without the knowledge of it.
The book of God’s law seems, in our day also, to be lost as it regards many congregations of professed Christians. Imperfect accounts of it are given, which hide the promised blessings and the threatened curses. When this book by spiritual light is found, and on reading or hearing thereof, conviction reaches the conscience, it is a great instance of God’s favor, a token for good, and must be faithfully acknowledged as such.
Reader, are you truly apprehensive of the weight of God’s wrath and solicitous to obtain His favor? Seek earnestly, upon your knees and in the house of the Lord, redemption from the curses of the law. Pray that Jesus may be revealed to you. The blood of the Lamb of God alone can take away the guilt of sin. Having, therefore, found the law, rest not till you find the gospel also.
Josiah’s heart was tender; he wept and was encouraged. Refuse not to participate in his sorrow. So shall you receive favor, even as he did. Make the law of God your continual delight and counselor.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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