Insights on Today's Reading
2 Kings 22 - Josiah was one of those great kings of the Old Testament that could have had a greater impact if he was a king early in Israel's history. He led God's people to do what was right, though so many didn't really put their heart into any spiritual renewal. Josiah is noted for his humble and broken reaction when he first heard the Law of Moses read to him, verse 11. He knew the people of Israel had drifted far, far away from obeying God. He sought for guidance and was assured that God was pleased with his request.
2 Kings 23 - Josiah had the Law read to the people and then began a series of reformations to change the spiritual climate in the land. He tore down all the pagan idols and symbols that had been erected in the land. He knew that if God's people were serious about worshiping the Lord they needed to get rid of the sin in their land, and their lives. Sadly, Josiah's death stopped the reformation. Judah went back to their old ways and was immediately invaded by foreign powers
2 Chronicles 34 - Though Josiah was descended from Manasseh and Amon, he still chose to turn his life towards worshiping and honoring the God of Israel. He had the Temple repaired and, in doing so, the Law of Moses was found and read to him. He humbled himself greatly before the Lord and recognized God's right to destroy the land. But God gave Josiah the opportunity to serve Him.
2 Chronicles 35 - Josiah went to observe the Passover like no other Passover had been observed since the days of Solomon, verse 18. Though he excelled in seeking God, he failed in attempting to fight when he had not been given the order to do so from God. He challenged the king of Egypt and was warned to stop, verse 21,22. Josiah was mortally wounded in battle and died. Even Jeremiah is noted for lamenting over his death, verse 25.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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