Today’s Old Testament lesson is both very sad and quite joyful, all at the same time. When God’s temple was undergoing repairs, the Book of the Law was found. What is sad is that it was lost to begin with. Somewhere along the line a king, a priest, some people, they all just plain forgot about God’s Word to them. But what is joyful about it is that King Josiah had God’s Word read to him and he and his officials responded by promising “to faithfully obey the LORD and to follow his laws and teachings that were written in the book.” What is more, Josiah asked the Israelites to make that same promise.
It is likely that you are reading this because you are a person committed to listening to God’s Word. It is likely that you don’t need to go on an archaeological dig inside your own house in order to find an old dusty Bible to read. God’s Word is important enough to you to read and obey. So, maybe you need to take the next step, like Josiah of old, to not only listen and obey yourself, but to ask and invite others to make the same promise.
You and I both know that Bible reading often does not take place within the homes and even the churches of many confessing believers in Jesus. Take the next step. Invite others to read with you. Ask your fellow Christians to read Scripture, make observations about it, apply it to their lives, and base prayers upon it. Ask them to make the same promise that you have made to God: to listen to God’s Word and do what it says.
Patient God, you continue to wait for people to read your Word and obey it. May I not simply attend to your laws in isolation from others, but freely ask others to make the same promise I have: to obey Jesus Christ, my Lord by living and loving like him in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.