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“All That Is Written”

“‘Go inquire of the LORD for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found.  For great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book’” 2 Chronicles 34:21.  Because they had drifted away from God’s Word during Manasseh’s idolatrous 55-year reign, the num-ber of God’s people who were left were low.  So, it’s no wonder that it had been misplaced and found decades later.  What was so wonderful was the new king’s reaction.  Recognizing that God’s wrath was poured out because of their drift from His Law, Josiah tore his clothes and declared the fault to be with them.  We can learn much from his reaction and restoration.  First, he accepted responsibility for their situation.  God’s Word needed to be heard.  Though we have more copies around us than any time in history, we are largely illiterate about the Bible.  Secondly, we need to obey it.  Josaiah enacted massive reforms to restore right living among God’s people and all his days the people did not turn away from following the Lord.  Are you living out God’s Word?