The Woman Who Unveiled the Future of a Nation
Scripture References—2 Kings 22:14-20; 2 Chronicles 34:22-33
Name Meaning—Huldah, signifying “weasel” is supposed to have been an old totem clan name.
Family Connections—All we know of her, apart from her ministry is that she was the wife of Shallum, the keeper of the royal wardrobe. As a prophetess in the reign of King Josiah, she could be found sitting in the central part of the city ready to receive and counsel any who wished to inquire of Jehovah.
Ranking with Deborah and Hannah among the rare women of the Old Testament, Huldah’s standing and reputation are attested to in that she was consulted, rather than Jeremiah, when the lost book of the law was found, and that her word was accepted by all as a divinely revealed one. When Hilkiah the priest found the book in the Temple, Josiah sent immediately for Huldah and, attesting to the genuineness of the scroll, she prophesied national ruin because of disobedience to the commands of God. Her prophetic message and the public reading of the law brought about a revival resulting in the reforms carried out by Josiah. With a renewed spiritual life king and people vowed to follow the God of their fathers more faithfully. When men recover the lost truths of Scripture, and apply them to life and morals, what great and mighty changes take place!