King Josiah created a restoration movement in Judah, in particular a restoration of the house of God. During restoration work, the priest discovered something,
“Now when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the , Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the LORD given by Moses” (2 Chronicles 34:14).
Hilkiah gave the Book to the scribe (2 Chronicles 34.15), who then reported to the king of the work on the temple (2 Chronicles 34:16, 17).
Then the text says next,
“Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, ‘Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.’ And Shaphan read it before the king” (2 Chronicles 34:18).
Should not a scribe have known that this was more than just a book, for his job included making copies of God’s Book, but obviously he had not been doing that, yet, we would have expected him to look at the contents and seen the special nature of this Book.
It is amazing that Judah had even lost contact with the word of God, although it had been among them the whole time, kind of like many families that really do not know what the Bible teaches, but several copies of it occupy their homes.