Huldah: an Interpreter of God's Law

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : 2 Chronicles 34:8-33

Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel . . . I also have heard you, says the Lord. (vv.

26-27 NRSV)

Imagine making a most amazing discovery while repairing a church: you find a Bible! Now
imagine that no Bible has been seen in living memory. That’s the stunning find recorded in
this chapter. For more than seven decades, most of them spent deep in idolatry, God’s
written law had been hidden in some dark corner of the temple in Jerusalem.

Shaphan took this law (probably the book of Deuteronomy) and read it to King Josiah.
The king wanted to know its meaning, especially of the curses in Deuteronomy 28. So the
priests took the book to Huldah, a prophetess living in Jerusalem. Note how four times
Huldah speaks the phrase “Thus says the Lord,” as she interprets the past and predicts the
future.

Why did the priests bring this book to a woman? After all, there were plenty of men
prophesying at this time in Jerusalem. We can’t know for certain, but we know God called
both men and women in the Old Testament to be prophets.

Huldah testified that God would not go back on his word. Because of Judah’s idolatry,
he would carry out those curses, though not during the days of God-fearing Josiah. Through
Huldah, God reminds us of the importance of developing a relationship with him and of
obeying his eternal Word.

PRAYER

Lord, help me to take your Word seriously, that it may guide me in the way of

truth. Amen.