And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. And Shaphan the secretary came to the king, and reported to the king, “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.” Then Shaphan the secretary told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Micaiah, and Shaphan the secretary, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” II Kings 22:8-13 ESV
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:6-11 ESV
Once there was a king and a queen who wanted a child very much, and after a long time finally the queen had a little daughter. The king and queen invited seven fairies to a celebration for the new little princess so that each fairy could give her a magical gift. But there was one fairy they didn’t invite. She was a very old fairy who lived in a tower, and no one had seen her for fifty years. Everyone thought she was probably dead, or perhaps under some kind of spell, so the king and queen didn’t think to invite her. But this old fairy was still alive, and she was very angry that she hadn’t been included. She came to the celebration and put a curse on the little princess to punish the king and queen for not inviting her.
King Josiah had a problem a little like this. He wanted to worship and serve the true God, but the Lord had been forgotten in his kingdom for a long time. No one remembered God’s law, and in fact the Book of the Law had been lost in the broken-down temple for many years. When the high priest found it, he sent word to King Josiah right away, and the king’s secretary read the book to Josiah. When the king heard the words of God’s law, he realized how far his people and their fathers and grandfathers had wandered from God and from his ways. He knew that the Lord must be very angry with them for their disobedience, and he was very afraid of God’s wrath and his curse. He sent his men to find a prophet of God to see what God’s would say about this.
We were all under God’s wrath because of our disobedience to God’s law and our rebellion against his ways. We were in danger of God’s punishment because of our sin, but the Lord has had mercy on us. He sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins on the cross and to undo the curse that our sins had put us under. Because of what Jesus did, God isn’t angry with us for our sins. He forgives us every day, and he no longer calls us his enemies. Jesus has brought us back to our Heavenly Father, now and always.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to turn away your anger and to give us forgiveness and life with you. In Jesus Name, Amen.