Like many before him, Josiah had the choice as to whose example he would follow. He chose, at a young age to follow the example of David, rather than Manasseh. This is most likely due to the fact that Manasseh was killed when he was only eight and the previous king, Hezekiah, had been a mostly godly man. Yet the reforms that were established by Josiah had something different at their disposal. Josiah’s people had found the word of God in the temple. This scroll, probably the Pentateuch, strengthened Josiah in many ways. First it gave context to judgment that Israel was under. Apparently, Hezekiah’s prophecy may have been common knowledge. Second, it articulated a way forward. Josiah could chart a path of reform. Lastly, it gave reprieve of judgment. The use of scripture as a guide helped Josiah to stay judgment upon those he was directly responsible for. This is a powerful example of why knowing the scriptures is important, even when we are following a good example or the law written in our hearts. Josiah followed God through David, but the addition of the revelation of God cemented that following and brought a tangible blessing upon the nation. We live with easy access to God’s word, yet many professing Christians choose to leave it hidden in temple. It is no wonder that they do not reap God’s blessings and easily fall under his curses.
2 KINGS 22:11-20
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MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts