This is a continuation of the previous post. See the last good king in God’s sight. Today we look at what Josiah DID THAT WAS RIGHT. (2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35) He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. We can use one phrase to describe him: he was wholeheartedly devoted to God and God’s Law. The following is a summary of his godly deeds:
- He cleansed and restored the holy temple which had been defiled by his grandfather Manasseh who followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations and built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord. He got rid of all the pagan practices, both in Jerusalem and throughout the land of Judah.
- He reinstated God’s Law. When he heard the reading of the Book of the Law, he responded with reverential fear of God. He was genuinely sorry and humbled himself before the Lord, tore his clothing in despair and wept in repentance on behalf of his ancestors and the nation.
- He sent his officials (a trusted priest, his court secretary and personal advisor) to go to the Temple and speak to the Lord for him and his people, to inquire about the words written in the scroll that was found.
- He listened to and believed in the prophetic message they received from the prophet Huldah, wife of the keeper of the Temple wardrobe.
- He summoned and assembled the elders, all the people, priests ad prophets, of Judah and Jerusalem, from the least to the greatest, and went up to the Temple. There he read to them the entire Book of the Covenant that had been found (during the Temple restoration) in the Lord’s Temple.
- He took his place of authority (beside the pillar) and renewed the covenant in the Lord’s presence. He pledged to obey the Lord by keeping all His commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul.
- And he required everyone in Jerusalem and the people of Benjamin to make a similar pledge. The people of Jerusalem did so, renewing their covenant with God.
- He removed all detestable idols from the entire land of Israel and required everyone to worship the Lord their God.
- And his godly royal influence over his people sustained throughout his reign as their king. And throughout the rest of his lifetime, they did not turn away from the Lord.
- He reinstated and encouraged the Temple priests to focus on spending their time to serve the Lord their God and His people Israel, following the duty instructions assigned by king David and king Solomon to the Levites families .
- He reinstated the celebration of the Passover of the Lord in Jerusalem. Never since the time of the prophet Samuel had there been such a Passover!
- His kingly life was significant in his acts of devotion (carried out according to what was written in the Law of the Lord found in the Lord’s Temple).
- The Bible recorded that never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses. And there has never been a king like him since. (2 Kings 23:25)
Deuteronomy 10:12 [ The Essence of the Law ] “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,