Huldah: Truthful Prophetess

So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter), and they talked with her. — 2 Kings 22:14 (ESV)

To Read: 2 Kings 22

Biblical Synopsis: Josiah, known as Israel’s last good king, reigned for 31 years during a period of rest before the Babylonian exile. Part way through his reign, a priest found the Book of the Law in the temple and brought it to him. Upon hearing the words, Josiah tore his garments and asked the priests to inquire of the Lord concerning the words. These men of God sought advice from Huldah the prophetess, and she helped bring about reform in the nation of Israel.

Application for Today: Huldah lived in Jerusalem and was a contemporary of the well-know prophets Nahum, Jeremiah, Zephaniah, and Habakkuk. But when Josiah sent messengers to seek Godly wisdom, these messengers first sought the wise counsel of Huldah.

Author Scot McKnight writes, “Huldah is not chosen because no other men were available; she is chosen because she is truly exceptional among the prophets.”[1]

One of the things Huldah excelled in was telling the truth even when it was hard to hear. She announced that the Lord would bring disaster on the nation because of its sin. But because King Josiah humbled himself before the Lord, this would not come to pass during his lifetime.

There may be times in our lives when God calls us to give difficult advice to others. Don’t hold back. You never know how God may use yours words to inspire revival among his people.

[1] Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010) 174.