Neither before nor after Josiah
Was there a king like him
Who turned to the Lord as he did –
With all his heart
And with all his soul
And with all his strength
In accordance with all the Law of Moses
-2 Kings 23:25
Josiah was unlike any other King – what made him so different?
First, he humbled his heart before the Lord:
Because your heart was responsive
And you humbled yourself before the Lord
When you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people . . .
-2 Kings 23:19a
Next, he tore his robes and wept when he heard the words of the Book of the Law because he saw the death and disaster that was going to come upon the people because they had not obeyed the words of the Covenant with the Lord:
Because you tore your robes and wept in my presence
I have heard you, declares the Lord.
-2 Kings 23:19c
Finally, he purged the land and all its cities of idol worship, spiritists, mediums, and all forms of idolatry, after he and the people renewed their side of the Covenant with the Lord:
Therefore I will gather you to your fathers
And you will be buried in peace.
Your eyes will not see all the disaster
I am going to bring on this place.
-2 Kings 23:20
Of course, in spite of all that Josiah was and did, there was no escape from the coming disaster, which would see evil kings rule from Jerusalem, and the eventual exile of all the people to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar after the fall of Jerusalem.
When asked which is the most important commandment, Yeshua replied:
Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart
And with all your soul
And with all your mind
And with all your strength.
-Mark 12:29-30 (see also Duet 6:5)
We are called to be like Josiah, to humble our hearts before the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in acknowledgement of God’s righteous judgement; to tear our souls and weep because of the death and disaster that is going to come upon the whole earth because the people have not believed God or His Word; to use all our strength to purge idolatry, in all its modern forms, from our own lives, and as far as we are able, from our own surroundings.
Deep calls to deep – these are those days.
The Lord is coming!