Josiah The King of Judah

2 kgs 22:1-20

Josiah was eight years old when he became king in Jerusalem. We learnt that like his forefather, David, he did what was pleasing in the sight of God. Josiah cared about God’s temple and about God’s name. It was when he sent message through Shapan to Hilkiah the high priest for the people working on repairing the breaches of the house of God that Hilkiah sent him he book of the law which they have found.

When Josiah read he book of the law, he tore his clothes, for he could see how far Israel had departed from the rdinances of God, and he also knew the implications of this from the word of God. He then sent Hilkiah, together with Ahikam, Achbor, Shapan and Asaihiah to go inquire from the Lord about him and the people of the city, seeing they have disobeyed God. They went to Huldah the prophetess in Jerusalem, and she told them God’s verdict.

Indeed God would still bring evil upon Judah and its inhabitants as Josiah read in the book of the law, as they had forsaken God. However, because of Josiah’s attitude, his tender heart towards God and humility, he would enjoy peace in his time, and he would not witness the evil foretold. So these men went and delivered the message to the king.

What happens after this? We would continue to see Josiah’s attitude and reaction.

Some verses to rememberthe right hand or to the left.

2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to

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