Hilkiah Found the Book of God’s Law
King Josiah became king when he was 8 years old. During the reign of King Josiah, the priest Hilkiah found the book of law. It happened when King Josiah ordered Shaphan to collect money from the guards to repair the temple. While at the temple, Hilkiah handed the Book of God’s Law to Shaphan. Shaphan read it and then went back to report to King Josiah.
Shaphan read the Book of God’s Law aloud to King Josiah. King Josiah tore his clothes after he heard it. He knew that God must have been furious with them for disobeying the commandments in the Book of God’s Law. After that, he dispatched 5 men to seek advice from Huldah. The prophetess Huldah told the messengers that God will let King Josiah die in peace before destroying Jerusalem because he was sad when he learned that the Israelite will be wiped out.
King Josiah called together everyone to assemble at the temple including priests, prophets and the common people. After everyone had gathered at the temple, King Josiah read aloud from the Book of God’s Law. After reading from the Book of God’s Law, Josiah asked the people to make a promise to God to obey and walk in his commandments.
King Josiah Eliminated Idolatry from the Land
King Josiah got rid of all kinds of psgsn objects used in worshiping Baal, Asherah and the stars in the temple.He had these objects burned in the Kidron Valley. He had the Asherah poles burned in Kidron Valley. He got rid of the pagen priests.
King Josiah tore down the buildings where the male prostitutes lived. He also tore down the buildings where the women who wove sacred robes for Asherah lived.
King Josiah made the local shrines unfit. Many priests had been offering sacrifices to God at the local shrines. These priests don’t serve at the temple in Jerusalem but they are allowed to eat the sacred bread.
King Josiah made the altar in Hinnom Valley unfit for worship so that the people could no longer sacrifice their children.
King Josiah tore down the pagan altars that Manasseh built in the temple courts. He also tear down the pagan altars that Ahaz built on the palace roof. He closed down the shrines that Solomon built for worshiping SIdon goddess Astarte, Moabite god Chemosh and Ammonite god Milcom. He also destroyed the stone images that are dedicated to the foreign gods.
King Josiah destroyed the shrine and altar that King Jeroboam built to prevent the people from going back to the temple in Jerusalem.He burned the bones that are dug out from the graves in the surrounding area on the altar so that it could no longer be used to offer sacrifices. King Josiah did not disturb the grave of the young prophet and the odd prophet. The young prophet was the one who prophesied that this day would take place.
In the 18th year, King Josiah and the people celebrated Passover. The people had never celebrated Passover for a long time.
In the final years, King Josiah was killed by King Neco of Egypt. At that time, King Neco was on his way to help the king of Assyria. King Neco advised Josiah not to fight but Josiah did not listen and he was killed.
What Can We Learn from King Josiah?
King Josiah has a repentant heart. As soon as he learned about God’s commandments in the Book of God’s Law, he felt guilty about his sin and tore his clothes. He felt sorry for the Israelite who will be destroyed for their disobedience to God. We must always have a humble heart and be repentant and stop sinning when we know that we have sinned. There are some Christians who don’t like to acknowledge their sins and always try to justify themselves. Everyone is a sinner. We should always examine ourselves and acknowledge our sins to God every day.
The Book of God’s Law is just like the bible. The bible contains God’s commandments and everything God wants to say to us. Many Christians don’t read the bible. Reading the bible is important because it teaches you how to correctly follow God. Reading the bible is one way of building your relationship with God. If you want to know God more, you must read the bible.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 KJV)
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3 KJV)
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3:19 KJV)
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent (Acts 17:30 KJV)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-16 KJV)
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:7-11 KJV)
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJV)
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. (2 Peter 1:2-3 KJV)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105 KJV)