Nov 05: 2Chr 34 | Hosea 2 | Acts 16-17
Updated: Nov 3, 2021
Reading 1 - 2Ch 34:19,33
"When the king [Josiah] heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes" (2Ch 34:19).
He might easily have said, 'How interesting! We should begin a study of this unique historical document!' Or 'Let's form a committee to look into this!' Or 'So what?' But instead, he repents immediately, and then begins to take action!
"Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the LORD their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the LORD, the God of their fathers" (v 33).
When the Book of the Law was discovered in Josiah's reign, it is likely that he read of the evils which Moses had prophesied would come about if the Jews neglected God. He sent to inquire of God what he might do to avert this judgment. God's answer was that it was too late; the calamities were on the way. However, because Josiah was faithful and God-fearing, they would not come in his day. Thus the first fulfillment of the prophecy of Jeremiah concerning a northern invader, may have been averted because of Josiah and the resurgence in his day of Judah's right worship. (The Scythians passed by Palestine. However, the Babylonians would not.) While he lived Josiah indeed did God's will, so that "all his days the children of Israel departed not from following the LORD" (2Ch 34:33). Not only did he cleanse Judah, but he was also instrumental in reducing idolatry in Israel.