After the time of Samuel, David and Solomon, there was a marked decline in the nation of Israel. The nation split into the northern kingdom (Israel) and southern kingdom (Judah). All the kings can be divided between those who “did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” (2 Kings 3:2; 13:2; 18:24, 28 just for a few) and the most notable, those who “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father” (2 Kings 22:2).
While there were prophets sent to warn against departing from the Law of God, nothing can be more tragic than “the Book of the Law [lost] in the house of the Lord” (2 Kings 22:8). It was lost in the very place where it should been treasured the most. We are not told what Hilkiah the high priest was doing in the house of the Lord at the time, but he “found the Book of the Law” there. This is when change happens in Israel! He began a revival by having Shaphan the secretary read the Book of the Law to the young king, Josiah. Josiah takes the lead in repentance (“tore his clothes” – v.11) and requested humble prayer before God (v.13).
I may step on some toes, but I am convinced that the value of God’s Word, the Bible, is not treasured among believers and churches as it should be. I am not talking about revering it as a sacred object, carrying it to church, having six copies in your house, or even being able to quote many verses in it. I mean that its living truth is not treasured by applying it to our lives, marriages, families, work, recreation and church fellowship. We have deceived ourselves by practicing an “appearance of godliness, but deny its power” (2 Timothy 3:5). The true test of whether we have made Scripture our treasure lies in its power to transform lives and spread of itself because of what it has done in us (Acts 6:7)! FOR THIS WE MUST PRAY UNCEASINGLY!