In 2 Kings chapters 22 and 23 NKJV, we find a somewhat familiar story of a boy who becomes king, named Josiah. Chapter 22 verse 1 says, “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem.” His life and career was over at age thirty-nine, just a few years past the age one is eligible to become President of the United States. In the Old Testament, kings are generally rated based on morality. Not on political affiliation, social policies, or popularity polls, but on the basis of one crucial mindset. Verse two tells us, “And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD and walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or the left.” King Josiah was an upstanding king, and Judah was in need of one such as him to clean up the moral mess they found themselves in. In the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign-presumably at the age of twenty-six, he sent a scribe named Shaphan to the Temple. The Temple was in disrepair, so Hilkiah was to then count money for the repairs. Hilkiah subsequently found the Book of the Law while searching for the money, and gave it to Shaphan to read. Shaphan then took it to King Josiah and read it to him. King Josiah was so moved by the Word of God that he tore his clothes in remorse for how far the Jewish people had turned from the LORD. Here is where it gets interesting and maybe a bit unfamiliar. King Josiah desperately desired that a prophet inquire of the LORD concerning the words of this book that had just been discovered.
There were three prophets in this area around 624 BC. Jeremiah is probably the most known or regarded of the three, followed by Zephaniah. They are both named for prominent books written in the Old Testament. The standard for qualification as a prophet has always been 100% accuracy. When God spoke to them, it was guaranteed to come to pass. However; THE KING’S CHOICE was neither Jeremiah nor Zephaniah. King Josiah chose Huldah. Who??? Huldah. A woman. A prophetess. Huldah, whose name means…weasel. Who was Huldah? She was a scholar of high social rank in Jerusalem. Her husband was Shallum, keeper of the royal wardrobe. His role was significant because he had daily, private access to the king and undoubtedly advised him on various matters. Therefore, this association placed Huldah in King Josiah’s inner circle. Huldah’s name describes a burrowing animal. Huldah was a well-known scholar in her day burrowing through and seeking out pieces of knowledge and wisdom to nourish her mind and heart. She held authority and people listened when she spoke. Huldah was smart, wise, and heard directly from God. She spoke a very powerful, yet brief message to bring to King Josiah. Four times the phrase “Thus says the LORD” emphasized that she understood the responsibility of delivering the Divine Word. The announcement included the coming wrath of God for the Jewish people’s unfaithfulness to Him. But for the upright King Josiah, God promised to spare him from seeing the prophesied calamity because verse 19 says his heart was tender, and he humbled himself before the LORD. Communication completed. That little blip in history is the record of a now barely known prophetess named Huldah.
I love the commentary written in my Study Bible. It reads, “All of the reforms set forth by King Josiah were based on the Word of God as given to a woman. Huldah was apparently so well known as a woman of God and so highly trusted with her regard to understanding of God’s Law that for a time her nation’s whole religious consciousness and practice were re-ignited in faithfulness to God. Huldah, a deeply devout woman, made her God-given spiritual gifts available to God, and she was obedient and faithful to deliver the Word from God to her people.”
In an age where true role models are few and far between, we can look back at history and learn from our predecessors. This time, a child who became king and a woman prophetess teach us great faithfulness and obedience. THE KING’S CHOICE to hear from God was Huldah. This was an incredible honor. Our King of kings, Jesus Christ, chooses us also to inquire of Him. He longs to speak to us and have relationship with us. Do not diminish the honor of being THE KING’S CHOICE. Learn from Huldah and burrow into The Word of God. Make it your highest aim to hear God. Learn also from Josiah and do what is right in the sight of the LORD. We are THE KING’S CHOICE.