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17th August 2023

God's Law

The king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, . . .

. . . And all the people took a stand for the covenant.

2 Kings 23:3

In May 2001, English evangelist J. John preached in Liverpool, England, on the eighth commandment: “You shall not steal” (Ex. 20:15). The results of his preaching were dramatic.

People’s hearts were changed. One author reports that large amounts of stolen goods were returned, including hotel towels, hospital crutches, library books, cash, and more. One man even returned towels he had taken from the Wimbledon tennis championships years ago when he worked there.

Something similar happened with King Josiah in the 18th year of his reign. Because of the long line of evil kings, the record of God’s laws had been lost. So when Hilkiah found God’s law and Shaphan read it to King Josiah, the king tore his clothes in grief and immediately began making religious reforms in his own life and throughout the nation. With just one reading of God’s Word, he changed the course of the nation (2 Kings 22:8–23:25).

Today, many of us own Bibles, but are we changed by the truths found there? We are called to read, hear, and obey His Word. It should cause us, like Josiah, to take immediate action to bring our lives into harmony with God’s desires.

Bible Reading

2 Kings 22:11 & 23:1-3.


Father God, Thank You, For the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit, and thank You for the Bible. In Christ's name, I pray. Amen.



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