2 Kings 22
-We read about a great reformer in the land of Judah when we read about King Josiah, who came to the throne as a youngster at the age of 8 years old. He had a heart that was completely yielded to the LORD as his ancestral father David, doing right in His sight, not turning to the right or to the left. He kept a straight course for love, mercy, justice, peace, and obedience in his kingdom during his reign, and he was blessed. His heart was tender and he humbled himself before the LORD. He tore his clothes in anguish when he learned of his people’s rebellion and sin and interceded for them before God. Truly the LORD heard this man and turned His attention to him for favor in his time (2 Kings 22:1-2, 11, 18-20).
-In the eighteenth year of his reign when he was 26 years old (a young and strong man by this point) he instituted a program for repairs on the LORD’s Temple. It was in this process that Hilkiah, the high priest, found the book of the law in the house of the LORD (2 Kings 22:8). As the book was read in the presence of the king, he repented for his country and was sorrowful upon all sorrow. He sent his officials for a prophetic word to inquire about this wrathful word given by God towards a people of disobedience, which was found in the book of the law (2 Kings 22:12-14a). They found Huldah, a prophetess who was the keeper of the wardrobe living in the Second Quarter of Jerusalem. She gave discouraging news concerning the plight of Judah because of their forsaking the commands of their God and the burning of incense to idols, which provoked the Living God to wrath and anger. In fact she related that His anger would not be quenched (2 Kings 22:14b-17). However, a promise was given to Josiah because of his righteousness. God heard his confessions and supplications and would allow him to go to his grave in peace, thus not having to see all the evil which the LORD would bring on the earthly kingdom of Judah (2 Kings 22:18-20).
-*Application* When our heart is right, like Josiah’s was, we will seek out the things of God and dig deep into what He commands of us and expects from us. What we will find, as Josiah and Judah did, is that adjustments through confession, repentance, and faith must be made to bring us back into right standing with God’s Kingdom culture. It is at this point that we can expect our merciful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to have mercy on us and forgive us from all iniquity and sin (1 John 1:9). He takes us from where we are at and transforms us into something better in righteousness as we turn to Him with a tender heart, a humble spirit, and genuine remorse. He gives the promise of peace to us when we are pliable enough to act upon His offered grace. Obey God completely and rest in His forgiveness. Stay wayward and expect His jealous wrath.
Verses to Memorize: 2 Kings 22:2, 19