II Kings 22

Amon’s son Josiah inherited the throne when he was 8 years old, and he reigned for 31 years. When Josiah was in his twenties, he ordered the Temple to be repaired, and I guess someone decided to look inside the Ark or maybe they found a copy in a cobwebby pigeonhole, but in any case, an old copy of the Mosaic Laws was discovered–you know, the ones that Moses had ordered that every future king should be given a copy of–and that no one remembered existed? Well the high priest gave a copy to Josiah’s secretary, who read them to the king, who then sent his priest, his secretary, and some other dudes to ask his wardrobe keeper’s grandson’s wife, who was said to be a prophet, how God felt about all this Law stuff and the fact that no one had followed it for, um centuries? God sent back the message that It was pissed. So pissed in fact, that It could never forgive the Judaeans for cheating on It for so long. However, since Josiah was sorry and promised never to do it again, It supposed It could forbear Its wrath for a little longer and spare Judah during Josiah’s lifetime.

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