took advantage of the situation.). He got serious about following the God of You’re never too young to be used mightily for the Lord. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. A prominent part of Josiah’s reign was his rediscovery of the Law of the Lord. Proud member Copyright © 2020 and he reigned for 31 years. Discover Bible verses about King Josiah and his significance in this collection of scripture quotes. He was wounded in battle and died soon thereafter. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1984. And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the scribe, to the house of the Lord, saying, Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people" (2 Kings 22:1-4). Nelson, Richard. celebrated like that since the days of Samuel. His father had been wicked, as had the Jewish kings and culture for generations before him. Tuell, Steven. Provan, Iain. The book, then, provides a retrospective analysis of Israel's history. He sought the counsel of the Lord through Huldah the prophetess (a rare occurrence of a female prophet), and she encouraged him with the Lord’s words of blessing. Can Nothing Really Separate Us from the Love of God? with him, that God was with the king, and that He was so concerned that he insisted on verification These are the same Assyrians Since he was only a boy, his mother, Jedidah, 2 Kings 22:2 initially presents Josiah by stating, “And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.” In the 18th year of his reign, he gathered money to repair the temple and during the repairs, the high priest found the Book of the Law. and pious men helped him stay on the right track. Sometimes, it feels like the strongholds in life or things that need to change have just been there too long to change. With Josiah's death, any hope for a reunited places" - pagan altars. by the Scythians occurred from the north (628-626BCE). The king of Egypt wanted passage through his Auld, A.Graeme. She told them that because Josiah had "humbled "1, 2 Chronicles." Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B Eerdmans, 1990. Alter, Robert and Frank Kermode. Then the king read the entire book to all All rights reserved. April Motl is a pastor’s wife, homeschool mom, and women’s ministry director. Josiah turned a deaf ear to the king's warning and met him in battle. Josiah tore his robes when he heard parts (During 1987. 1987. Israel died as well. 2000. The workers found the lost and forgotten Torah. if the word of God is rejected, prior righteousness Both Amon and his father, Manasseh, had done “evil in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Kings 21:20). the reforms of Hezekiah. Josiah tore down all the places of false worship that had ensnared the people of Judah for over 70 years. "1 and 2 Kings." "He did what was right in the eyes of In his seeking, he set about restoring the house of the Lord. King Josiah is the last southern king who does what pleases the Lord. The International Theological Commentary. Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys. It was the first time the Passover had been Maybe we are so tired of pushing against them, we start to give up hope we will ever be free of them. Hilkiah gave the book to Josiah's secretary, to serve in the liturgy of the temple. had its special place in the temple), but were Hilkiah, the high priest, found "the Mills, Watson and Richard Wilson. Josiah was the son of King Amon and the grandson of King Manasseh, both of which corrupt kings of Judah. The Daily Study Bible Series. Huldah, to verify the authenticity of the book as well. Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1986. of the book because he knew that despite his A barbaric, nomadic invasion “In the eighth year of his reign,” Scripture records that Josiah began to seek the Lord (2 Chronicles 34:3). The Daily Study Bible Series. When she’s not waist deep in the joys and jobs of motherhood, being a wife, and serving at church, she writes and teaches for women. land on his way to help Assyria. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. His father, Amon, had been the king of Israel only two years before his servants assassinated him. "I & II Chronicles." Josiah was 8 years old when God providentially set him on the throne. Gaebelein, Frank, ed. 3. this period, the Ancient Near East was in a keep him safe. Like Josiah, we want to have tender hearts. Some of those places and idols had been set up much longer. With Assyria weakened, The western part of Assyria's Their Story and Significance. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1995. Deuteronomy) that had been given through Moses who had conquered and destroyed the northern David when he was 16. foretold in the book would not happen during Interpretation. His story is told in 2 Kings 22:1-23:30 and We can’t give up hope to pray for these things in our life or in the lives of those around us! Josiah turned a deaf ear to the king's warning in obeying God's commands. Josiah had a soft heart that responded wholly to the Lord. King Josiah was afraid and sad because when he read the Bible, he saw what God’s rules were and he knew that people had not been following God’s rules. New International Biblical Commentary. Josiah refused and went out to meet him in battle. Josiah was an amazingly unique king. All rights reserved. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1995. And for the rest of Josiah’s days, the people of Judah sought the Lord (2 Chronicles 34-35). that these truly were divine words. is a member of the Salem Web Network of sites including: Copyright © 2020, Atlanta: John Knox Press. Many people from Israel were there to participate had 300 years before. However, Josiah was a godly king and known as one of the world’s youngest rulers. 622BCE). Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press. His ruling of Jerusalem is mentioned in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles. where he instituted the same reforms. They didn't do much with Judah, but they virtually When Josiah was 16 years old, he tried to learn how to worship Jehovah in the right way. His successes in Judah led him into the areas In those days, the people were practicing magic and worshipping idols. Josiah was the king of Judah from roughly 640 to 609 B.C. Josiah was the king of Judah from roughly 640 to 609 B.C. Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary. the Lord.". Mercer Commentary on the Bible. Instead of believing in and worshipping only God, most people believed in fake gods and did the wrong things that God didn’t want them to do. empire was pretty much on its own, and Josiah Book of the Law" (actually the Book of made a huge mistake that would cost him his The captivity of Judah follows on the heals of the Assyrians taking the Northern Kingdom captive (2 Kings 17:7-41). Judah and purged the country of all the "high Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. his lifetime. When he was 20, he attacked the idolatry of His successors are wicked and are taken captive by Babylon. Atlanta: John Knox Press. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishers, 1988. Who Are the Samaritans in the Bible? Interpretation. Josiah was the last king before the exile.