Josiah was Israel’s and Judah's most zealous kings. He became king at 8 years old, he began to seek God at age 16, and at 20 he purged Judah and Jerusalem of all its idolatry. The people went along with his reforms, but it didn’t affect the nation, as a whole, at the heart level as it did Josiah. Josiah truly feared the LORD and repented, committing to serve Him only. We read in 2 Chronicles 34:33, “Thus Josiah removed all the abominations from all the country that belonged to the children of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel diligently serve the LORD their God. All his days they did not depart from following the LORD God of their fathers.” Israel served the LORD all the days of Josiah, but after he was gone, they quickly went back to their old ways since the majority did not repent from the heart.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan