Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book back to Shaphan who read it.
Shaphan the scribe came to the king and brought back word to the king and said, “Your servants have emptied out the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord.”
Moreover, Shapan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it in the presence of the king. -- 2 Kings 22:8-10
During the repairing of the temple, the ancient book of the law, so long neglected and now nearly forgotten, was brought to light, and Josiah made it the foundation stone upon which was built one of the great religious reformations in history.
The experience of old has always brought beneficial results to the church, and to those who rediscover the Word of God and apply it to their immediate circumstances.
So they went to the king in the court, but they had deposited the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and they reported all the words to the king.
Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it out of the chamber of Elishama the scribe. And Jehudi read it to the king as well as to all the officials who stood beside the king.
Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month, with a fire burning in the brazier before him.
When Jehudi had read three or four columns, the king cut it with a scribe’s knife and threw it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier. -- Jeremiah 36:20-23
When Jeremiah’s scroll was read to the king, he cut it into pieces with a knife and threw the scraps of paper into the fire. Did he think that by burning the written words, he was canceling God’s Word and judgment?
They read from the book, from the law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading. -- Nehemiah 8:8
Long ago, Ezra and his associates set a pattern for interpreting the Bible, reading from the book and explaining the meaning of what they have read so that everyone would understand.
FAMINE OF THE WORD
People will stagger from sea to sea
And from the north even to the east;
They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord,
But they will not find it. -- Amos 8:12
There are few tragedies greater than for someone to have their Bibles taken from them, and few that are worse than that of someone who has a Bible, but turns from it stubbornly.
After Israel had continuously ignored His message and His messengers, God foretold of a famine, not of bread and water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.