2 Chronicles 34
-Josiah, the boy king, who began to reign at the tender age of eight lasted 31 years in Jerusalem as a righteous leader of God’s people. He walked in the ways of his father David and did not turn aside to the left or right. He walked a straight and good path in discipleship by the age of 16, when began to seek out the God of his ancestors. By the age of 20, he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places built to worship pagan entities. He ridded the land of the foreign gods and false worship systems totally in obedience to the commands of the LORD (2 Chronicles 34:1-7). By the 18th year of his reign, when he was 26 years old, after purging the land of its idolatrous pollution, he began to restore the House of the LORD in Jerusalem that had fallen into disrepair. Faithful men carried out the work to make things better for sincere worship to the King of the Universe. In the midst of this, Hilkiah the priest found the book of the Law of the LORD given by Moses in the House of the LORD. Shaphan brought the book to the king and read it. When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his clothes in a sign of genuine sorrow and repentance. An inquiry was made for the word of God concerning His opinions in righteous indignation because the fathers had not observed His commands to do according to all that was written in this book (2 Chronicles 34:8-21).
-As the search was concluded for a prophetic word, the prophetess Huldah proclaimed from God, “Behold, I am bringing evil on this place and on its inhabitants, even all the curses written in the book which they have read in the presence of the king of Judah. Because they have forsaken Me and have burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands, therefore My wrath will be poured out on this place, and it shall not be quenched. But to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the LORD, thus you will say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel regarding the words which you have heard, because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God, when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and because you humbled yourself before Me, tore your clothes, and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,’ declares the LORD. ‘Behold, I will gather you to your fathers and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, so your eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring on this place and on its inhabitants (2 Chronicles 34:24-28).’” Josiah made a covenant before the LORD and all the people “to walk after Him, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant written in this book (2 Chronicles 34:31).” Moreover, he insisted that all the inhabitants of Jerusalem and Benjamin stand with him in this promise to live according to the ways of God. Thus Josiah removed all the abominations from all the lands of the sons of Israel and made all who were living in Israel to serve the LORD their God. “Throughout his lifetime they did not turn from following the LORD God of their fathers (2 Chronicles 34:32-33).”
-*Application* We see here another example of how a righteous leader can affect his society much for the better. Thank the LORD for the men of God raised up in integrity to lead in our generation. Remember that He is just and will repay, but God will always give grace to those who turn their hearts completely towards Him. These men are worth following because they hear from the LORD and obey. Who are some of these individuals in the modern era that you can think of? If you can, write them a note of encouragement because it’s not always easy to stand for righteous and tear down idols of the culture. Personally, I’m thinking of one Phil Robertson about this time.
Verses to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 34:19, 21, 24-28, 31