Have you ever found yourself cheering for a team or individual who may be in the brink of loss and eventual disappointment?
For example, if your favorite basketball team that is in playoffs facing elimination and a huge deficit, you may find yourself hoping against hope that maybe they’ll claw their way back to victory and turn the series around. And then out the blue they give you that glimmer of hope by going on a 15-0 run and you hope even harder. But eventually it was too little too late and they lose the game and the series.
Reading through the Kingdom Era of Judah is some what like that game situation.
Most of the kings did evil in the sight of the Lord and you can feel the tension of their imminent doom. But then there comes along a king who does good in the sight of the Lord and the eventual end is postponed.
King Josiah was one such king and his love for the Law of the Lord is highly commendable and gives us all some glimmer of hope that maybe not all is lost.
- He was 8 years old when he becomes king of Judah.
- And we read that he “followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left” (2 Kings 22: 2, NIV)
- When Hilkiah the priest finds the book of the Law and reads it to King Josiah, he is truly convicted and repents of their nations sins.
- He inquires of the Lord as to what he can do avert the impending disaster but it is too late. The anger of the Lord has been stirred.
- The only consolation prize for King Josiah is that he will not witness the disaster first hand and will be buried in peace (2 Kings 22: 20)
- But this answer doesn’t stop him from bringing in reforms throughout the land. He proceeds to renew the covenant with the Lord
- He makes sure all the high places and idols are completely destroyed and the altar of the Lord is restored.
- He calls for a celebration of the Passover and it is one the grandest celebrations ever.
- He exhumes the land of all the mediums and the spiritists.
And in the end we see the we see the following acknowledgment of his actions:
So even though the kings who would come after Josiah would go back to doing evil in the sight of the Lord leading to their eventual doom, let us for now rejoice in the actions of King Josiah and be stirred up in our hearts to be like him.
Let us take up the Word of the Lord given to us, read it with all due diligence, allow the Holy Spirit to teach, guide and correct us so that we too like King Josiah may turn towards the lord with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength.
And now here is the weekly plan for you to read about King Josiah for yourself along with events of the other kings who followed and more from the words of the prophets during this time period.
King Josiah discovers the Law of the Lord and turns to the Lord with all his might but that is not enough to turn the anger of the Lord away from Judah and will lead to their eventual captivity.
Weekly Reading Plan
If you want to dig deeper here are some of my suggestions:
- Use the above schedule to read through all of the text
- Read Exodus 3 to review how God called Moses into ministry. Compare and contrast that with the calling Jeremiah receives.
- Read Mark 12: 28-31 to see what does Jesus is the most important commandment. Compare that with Deuteronomy 6:4.
- Read Matthew 22:35-40. What statement does Jesus add in verse 40 that is not mentioned in the verses reviewed in Mark 12?
- Optional: Read Psalms 64-67
And that is it for week 24!
Happy Bible Learning!