Introduction

Josiah was eight years when he began to reign as king. He reigned for twenty one years in Jerusalem. He did what was good in the sight of God. He walked in the way of his grandfather, David. He showed much interest in the things of God. One of his first assignments was the repair and renovation of the temple. Later when the book of the law was found in the temple by Hilkiah the high priest, Josiah engaged in other reforms. The book was read to the king and when he heard the contents he tore his cloth as sign of repentance because he knew they had been transgressing.

Josiah sent Hilkiah, the high priest; Shaphem, the secretary and others to enquire ofthe Lord through prophetess Hildah, the wife of Shallim. The prophetess said: “Thus said the Lord, behold I will bring evil upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read.” (I Kings 22:16-17). The Lord said that because Josiah was patient and humbled himself before the Lord when he heard the words read to him, his eyes would not see evil and he would rule his people in peace. King Josiah summoned all the elders in Israel and read the book of the covenant which was found in the temple to them. King Josiah stood by the temple’s pillar and made a covenant to walk with the Lord and keep His commandments and His testimonies and His structures with all his heart and soul.

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SS2 CRK Third Term: King Josiah’s Religious Reforms