The Acts of Josiah – Away from Idolatry!

2 Kgs 23:1-37

From yesterday, despite the promise made to Josiah that the evil to come to Judah would not happen in his time, he got back and rallied all the people to make a re-commitment to God. This is a very great example from a king who was not just prepared to look after himself only, but would see his people repent, and maybe God would change his mind about destroying Judah.

Josiah did his best to destroy the altars that had been built for other gods, and other vessels of worshipping them. He went as far as defiling the altars that even Solomon built for these strange gods. Notably too was his destruction of the altar that was built at Bethel by Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, thus fulfilling the prophecy gave by the man of God who spoke against Jeroboam, that one day the altar would be brought down.

Josiah reinstated the passover which had not been held from the days of the judges nor all the other kings of Israel and Judah. Josiah indeed put in his best to perform all the words of the law that were in the book Hilkiah the prophet found in the temple. he had a testimony that there was no king before or after him that turned to the Lord with all his heart. What a King!

Despite all of Josiah’s acts however, the Lord did not turn from his anger against Judah due to the sins of Mannaseh, as he had already concluded to cast off the city of Jerusalem. Josiah eventually died, having being slain by Pharaoh-nechoh of Egypt at Meggido. He was buried in Jerusalem and his son, Jehoahaz was made king in his stead.

The kings immediately after Josiah- Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim, both returned to the evil ways of the kings of Judah, and indeed as God had already decided beforehand, judgment drew nigh.

Some verses to remember

3  And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.

25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

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