This week I faced a dilemma in preaching. Our messages this year come from something that has been a part of the Bible reading plan the week before. I debated about whether to preach about Hezekiah or Josiah. Hezekiah won the day, and if you did not hear that message you can watch the video or listen to the podcast on this website.
Josiah lived an amazing life. (Our youngest grandson is named Ezekiel Josiah, and I understand why David and Joy would use Josiah for Zeke’s middle name.) Josiah became king at age eight. This was a mind boggling level of responsibility for an eight-year-old. The verdict on his life was clear: “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” (II Kings 22:2)
While making repairs on the temple, the Book of the Law was found. When Josiah heard the Word of God, he realized how far the people had strayed. He tore his clothes and wept. He did more than demonstrate godly sorrow – he took swift and decisive action. He removed every vestige of idolatry from the nation. (II Kings 23) He destroyed all the trappings of idol worship, tore down the high places, got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods and all “detestable” things.
Josiah died at age 39 in a battle against Pharaoh Neccho of Egypt, but he invested his brief life in calling people back to the worship of the living God. We need to heed his example and follow completely, obey instantly, and serve faithfully all the days of our lives.