Watch The Throne Reading- April 26

Josiah: The Ideal King

Read: Deuteronomy 17:14-20; 2 Chronicles 34:2;


In Deuteronomy 17:14-20, God lays out the qualities of the future king of Israel. He explains the type of king that the Israelite people should follow after. God makes it clear that this king will be chosen by Him and will be from among the Israelite people. He goes on to explain that the king must not be distracted by power, wealth or relationships. This king will prioritize the word, fear the Lord and will continually lead the people out of slavery.God is warning the people of the many temptations that the future king will face. He makes it clear that even the King will be under His rule and authority. Then, at the end (verse 20), God says this:

“…(He will not) turn from the law to the right or to the left” – Deuteronomy 17:20

God paints the picture of a king who would follow His ways, not turning away from it to either side. This is the ideal king! Now, as we jump forward many years to the time of Josiah, we see this written about him in 2 Chronicles 34:2,

“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left” – 2 Chronicles 34:2


Josiah was the type of king God was looking for, and God honored him for it. Josiah reigned for 31 years as king and God did some amazing things through him. It’s no surprise that God would use and bless a king who chose to follow His ways. We want to see you experience God’s best for your life and to be used by God to do some amazing things too – but there’s definitely a correlation between seeing that happen and following God’s way. So here’s how you can respond today:

  • Where in your life are you turning away from God’s ways to the right or to the left? Write those things down on a piece of paper and write “WASTED” next to them. Following God’s ways is worth it, turning away from them is wasted

Author: Grace Students

Grace Students is the student ministry of Grace Church in Wooster, OH. Our mission is to develop all students into fully devoted followers of Christ.

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