(33 verses, 6:10 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The reign of Josiah begins, and at last we have a good king.
Here’s an outline of the chapter:
- 34:1, Josiah becomes king at 8 years old.
- 34:2, Josiah does what is right, a summary.
- 34:3-7, Josiah’s religious reforms, and the violent destruction of idolatrous worship.
- 34:8-13, In the 18th year of Josiah’s reign, repairs on the temple in Jerusalem begin.
- 34:14-18, While working on the temple, the Book of the Law (the books of Moses) is found, and it is read to the king. (This occurred in the year 622 B.C.)
- 34:19-21, Josiah, upon hearing the Word, tears his clothes and sends his servants to inquire of the Lord.
- 34:20-28, These find Hulda, the prophetess, who warns of calamity and God’s wrath, and also comforts with promises. (Note always how the prophets teach law and Gospel.)
- 34:29-33, Josiah gathers all the rulers of Judah, and reads to them the Law, and commits himself and all those gathered to keep the Law with all their heart.
- Josiah, if I’m counting correctly, is the 18th descendant of King David.
- His reign is a high mark in this history. Again, note how the judgment of the kings is almost completely theological, Do they follow the Lord or idols?
- Here’s the timeline of this era.
- Josiah hears the Word of the Lord and believes it. He fears God and trusts God. He tears his clothes. He repents. He listens to the words of the prophetess. He shows himself to be a Christian, and a model for us. We too listen to the Lord’s Word. We repent of our sin. We trust the Lord’s promises. We listen to the preaching. We treasure God’s Word.
- Prayer: O Lord, we give You thanks that Your Word has not been lost. Preserve it among us, and through Your Word teach us repentance and faith, that we would lament our sins and trust Your merciful promises, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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