Who Was Josiah?

2 Chronicles 34
Josiah, Did that which was right in the sight of the Lord…
Josiah, Began to seek after God…
Josiah, Broke down the alters and removed the idols…
Josiah, Ordered the house of the Lord repaired…
Josiah, Heard the words of the Law and rent his clothes…
Josiah, Inquired of the Lord…
Josiah, Was tendered hearted and humbled himself before God…
Josiah, Gathered the Elders of Judah and Jerusalem…
Josiah, Went up into the house of the Lord…
Josiah, Read the book of the covenant to all the people…
Josiah, Stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord…
Josiah, Walked after the Lord, to keep His Commandments…
Josiah, caused all that were present to do likewise…
Josiah, Took away all the abominations out of the countries…
Josiah, Did not allow Israel to depart from the covenant all the days of his life…
Josiah, Kept the grandest Passover unto the Lord since Samuel…
Josiah, Set the Priest in their charges…
Josiah, Replaced the holy ark in the temple of Solomon…
Josiah, Caused all Israel to gather by families in the holy place…
Josiah, gave sacrifices to the people…
Josiah, Would not turn his face from the enemy…
Josiah, Died in battle and was buried with his fathers…
Jeremiah, Lamented the loss of Josiah.

And there was no passover like to that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet; neither did all the kings of Israel keep such a passover as Josiah kept… 2 Chronicles 34:18

2 comments for “Who Was Josiah?

  1. dorcasbender
    March 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    We have just been reading about Josiah during family worship and that is what stuck out to us. We were so excited to see Josiah do all these wonderful things for the Lord but then we were crushed when we saw his son turn around and do such evil in the sight of the Lord. We asked ourselves, “What happened?” Why did his son not take on the faith of his father but instead took on the abominations of his forefathers? This was so saddening to us! We talked about that in our family time and talked about the importance of passing it on to our children!!! I pray that our children walk in the ways of the Lord and do not follow after the abominations of their forefathers and their society around them!

  2. August 2, 2006 at 11:26 am

    Yes…Josiah was a great man of God. Yet, what should come as a blunt reminder to us is what can happen in just 1 generation. If I had to find a major fault in Josiah, it must have been the raising of his sons. For we read:

    And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father’s stead. Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.
    (2Ki 23:30-32)

    And again…

    Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.
    (2Ki 23:36-37)

    So, we see that although Josiah cleansed the land of its evils, he neglected to pass this heritage on to his sons. As we cleanse our land of the evils that afflict us every day, let us always remember to train our sons to carry this torch after we are gone.

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