Consider Josiah

I've been listening to a sermon series on the revivals of the old testament (throughout the book of 2 Chronicles).  Today I learned a bit about Josiah, a king who reigned starting as a young boy and honored God throughout his entire reign.

In the book of 1 Kings, Josiah is prophesied about 300 years before his reign - by name.  

Amazing:

1 Kings 13:1-2

 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

 And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.

And 2 Chronicles 34 is where we find him reigning:

2 Chronicles 34: 1-5

 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.

 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.

 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

 And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.

 And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.

Josiah had a heart for God even at a young age.  Despite the sinful life of both his grandfather and his father.  This young man was chosen by God to bring the people of God back to the Word of God.  And he wasn't shy about doing it either.  He didn't worry that the masses might think him radical for following God's word. He just did it.  And the Lord used him to turn an apostate nation back around.

Wow.


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