“Shaphan read from the book in the presence of the king…” – 2 Kings 22:10
It has always been a bit dangerous to serve kings and high officials. King Zedekiah had Jeremiah thrown into prison for predicting the fall of Jerusalem. King Nebuchadnezzar ordered that all his advisors be executed when they couldn’t interpret his dream.
Shaphan, King Josiah’s secretary, was given the Book of the Law that had been found in the temple while it was being repaired. For decades during the rule of evil kings, the Book of the Law had been lost. How would King Josiah react to hearing the contents of this book? It could either cost Shaphan his life or start a spiritual revival in the nation.
Delivering the truth in sometimes a risk. How will the hearers respond to what you tell them? We are commanded to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). The challenge is to tell the truth even when it may not please the hearers.
When Shaphan read the Book of the Law to King Josiah, the king repented and led the nation back to God. Delivering God’s Word to your friends and family can change the direction of their lives for eternity. How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!