Daily Readings & Thought for November 5th. “IN THE EIGHTH YEAR OF HIS REIGN”
Reading the context about the one who is described as being “yet a boy” we discover he was 16 years old. Who was he? What did he do at this age? Today we read 2 Chronicles 34 about a really young boy who “was eight years old when he began to reign” [2 Chronicles 34:1]. His father Amon had died after reigning only 2 years but he was a very ungodly king, like his grandfather Manasseh of whom we read [2 Chronicles 33:10] “The LORD spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention.”
The LORD speaks to every generation these days through his written word, but so few pay any real attention. Well, this 16 year old we read in today’s chapter that, “in the eighth year of his reign , while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father” [2 Chronicles 34:3].
When he was 20 he began to act to destroy all the false places of worship. At his command, “they chopped down the altars of the Baals in his presence” [2 Chronicles 34:4]. When he was 26 he gave orders to repair the Temple and make it fit for use in the worship of the LORD.
In the process of doing this, Shaphan the secretary reported to him, “I have found the book of the Law in the house of the LORD” [2 Chronicles 34:15]. After it had been read before him “the king sent and gathered together all the elders” [2 Chronicles 34:29]; then the King himself “read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the covenant” [2 Chronicles 34:30].
The result was a great reformation! What a total difference reading God’s word makes when it is read with intent and purpose by a heart that is seeking to know God better and develop a real relationship with him. How great is the need for such a reformation today. In those days it was initiated by the King as we will read tomorrow.
But today it has to start with the individual and God has seen to it that His word is available to be read by all individuals and those who are awake and see the need to really seek God and who are ready to practice the result of such a seeking will make sure they read it. What position are you in?