Get it from the Book!
Dr. Randy White
“Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest gave me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.” (2 Chronicles 34:18, NASB)
King Josiah was a good king! He began his reign as a child, and did not walk in the evil ways of his fathers. His desire was to serve the Lord with a whole heart. In carrying out this desire, he began a cleansing of the temple and an attempt to get it back in order. While cleansing the temple, Josiah’s servants found “a book” which had been neglected. This book was the book of the Law. When Josiah heard from its contents, he tore his clothes in grief, saying, “great is the wrath of the Lord which is poured out on us because our fathers have not observed the word of the Lord, to do according to all that is written in this book” (2 Chronicles 34:21).
How far we have gotten from “the Book” in so many ways! We are more concerned about the way we’ve always done it or the way we want to do it than the way the Book tells us to do it. We believe that the Book is open to our individual interpretation. We pick and choose the parts of the Book we want to trust and obey. We claim the “priesthood of the believer” or the “autonomy of the church” to override the teaching of the Book. Or—most frequently—we are ignorant of the contents of the Book and the clear teachings of the Book.
We like to say we are a people of the Book more than we like to be a people of the Book. Take the Book today, read a chapter looking for God’s clear Word, and obey!
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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from Dr. White, please visit Randy White Ministries.