The people had fallen so far that their sins exceeded the sins of the Canaanites. They were even sacrificing their children. Your Law was disregarded, even lost and forgotten.
Then Hilkiah found the Law. Shaphan read it to King Josiah. King Josiah was heartbroken in repentance. He tore his clothes and mourned. Since he mourned the sin of his people and turned to You, You rescued him from the coming judgement.
Please work this kind of repentance in those we love. Work such repentance in our children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends. Work such continual repentance in us. Rescue us from the coming judgement, through the work of Jesus on our behalf.
Soften us to rightly respond to Your Word. May we “…be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” May we, by grace, “…put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word…” This is the Word that can save our souls.
Amen (2 Kings 22; James 1:19-21)
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