King Josiah’s Example (2 Kings 23:1-30): Part 2

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No one wants to stop reading in the middle of a good story.  Hence, Part 2 for King Josiah’s life story.  In 2 Kings 23:1-30, we witness a man on fire for God with a mission for God’s holiness.  King Josiah’s reign recorded in this chapter provides us with fourteen more godly examples to follow. Between 2 Kings 22 and 23, I found, count ‘em, 24 godly examples from King Josiah’s life.  How many am I following in my life?  Not nearly enough…

1)      Vs. 1         Have a godly support system.

2)      Vs. 2         Put God in the center of your business.

3)      Vs. 2         Read God’s word.

4)      Vs. 2         Share God’s Word with everyone in your circle of influence.

5)      Vs. 3         Personally choose God for your life.

6)      Vs. 3         Live out a deep faith that consumes our hearts and our souls.

7)      Vs. 3         Set the example and the atmosphere for others to choose God.

8)      Vs. 4-16   Get rid of idols from our past and present that threaten our future with God.

9)      Vs. 21-23 Celebrate in a corporate setting what God has done for us.

10)    Vs. 24       Distance yourself from people that will pull you away from God.

11)    Vs. 24       Live according to God’s word as your instructional manual.

12)    Vs. 25       May our reputation with the LORD precede us and follow us.

13)    Vs. 25       Follow the LORD.

14)    Vs. 30       Make our stand for the LORD.

2 Kings 23:3

The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the LORD- to follow the LORD and keep his commands, regulations and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.

King Josiah’s Example (2 Kings 22): Part 1

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I remember being on the fence (so to speak) about God’s truth in Jesus Christ. I decided to learn more by reading God’s word in the Bible.  I started at the beginning.  In Genesis and Exodus, there are so many exciting stories and examples of faith to relate to and be inspired by. Then I hit Leviticus, the book of laws.  That’s when things starting falling apart.  I didn’t get it.  Twenty years later with the hindsight of faith, I love the Old Testament.  I still stumble over the names, places and who was king when, but I have found a treasure trove of wisdom in those seemingly harder and duller passages.  2 Kings 22 is one such nugget.  In this chapter, I found ten examples of King Josiah to follow in my own life.  There is so much we can learn from the examples of those who came before us.  Even better, when it is an example that honors God with obedience.

Please feel free to add or expound on the examples I have listed.

1)      Vs. 1-2  Choose God’s ways.

2)      Vs. 2      Stick to the straight and narrow, not turning to the left or to the right.

3)      Vs. 5      Care about the church as a place to honor God.

4)      Vs. 7      We can’t do it all and we aren’t called to do it all.

5)      Vs. 8,10  Surround ourselves with godly people to keep us accountable to God.

6)      Vs. 11      Keep our hearts softened towards God.

7)      Vs. 13      Recognize evil in the world, including our own.

8)      Vs. 13      Take ownership for our sphere of influence (those we are in authority over.)

9)      Vs. 19      Humble ourselves before God.

10)    Vs. 19      Grieve over sin.

 

2 Kings 22:1-2

Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.