Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan, “I have found
the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.”
(2 Chronicles 34:15)
The story of Josiah’s reform is evidence of what can happen in one generation separated from living by the Book of the Law. Josiah’s apostate son Jehoiakim is that very king who cut Jeremiah’s prophecy into shreds. The father revered the Word of God, but his son cut it to shreds. Actually all of us are always one generation away from rebellious apostasy. Thus, we need to recognize that the rediscovery of the Word of God read and internalized can lead us to spiritual renewal.