8 Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
10 Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.
11 Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes.
(2 Kings 22:8,10,11)

These verses tell us of the importance of the Word of God. We need to feed on the Word of God to be healthy Christians. (Jeremiah 15:16; John 6)

Every King who ruled Israel had to read the Word. The following verses make it clear

18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book
This shows how greatly God wanted the word of God to be on the hearts of His rulers; God wanted every king to also be a scribe.

 it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life
The word of God was to be constant companion of the king of Israel, and something he read every day

that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes
We may not understand all the spiritual work behind the word of God, but staying in the word will keep one from sin. It has been well written in many Bibles: “This book will keep you from sin. Sin will keep you from this book.”

that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left
Staying in the word of God would keep the king properly humble, and help him to not think of himself as above those he ruled over.

We often go around telling we are kings and priests and that’s good. We must read the Word.

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