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    Huldah the prophetess lived during the time of King Josiah's reign over Judah. She served in the second district of Jerusalem, and was a contemporary of the prophets Jeremiah and Zephaniah. The people of Judah had turned their backs on God once again and were worshipping false gods in through many disturbing rituals. During the renovation of the temple in Jerusalem, a book of the Law of Moses was discovered by the high priest Hilkiah, and King Josiah had it read to him. The godly King was ashamed and heartbroken when he realized the his people had failed to follow God's law, and he sent Hilkiah and four other men to consult the prophetess Huldah to verify the authenticity of the scripture. She confirmed that the text was true, and gave the men a message from the Lord that He would destroy Judah because of its unfaithfulness. The message held hope, however. God told the men, through Huldah, that their king would see peace in his kingdom because of his tender heart toward God. Josiah ended all pagan practices and led his people to worship the one true God, through the rest of his lifetime. Huldah's message gave way to the religious renewal of Judah and surrounding areas. (2 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 34).

     

    Sarah Beth Baca : ART.


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