Read: 2 Kings 23:1-20, 2 Chronicles 34:3-13, Proverbs 28:1
Reflect: I love this story of Josiah. Think about this for a second, He was eight years old when he became king of a nation! Some of us cannot even handle school, a job and family time. But Josiah was put in charge of a nation! In these passages we see Josiah do something bold. He decided he was going to do some “spring cleaning.”
“Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 2 He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. 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, statutes 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.
4 The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel. 5 He did away with the idolatrous priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem—those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts. 6 He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the Lord to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the dust over the graves of the common people.” 2 Kings 23:1-6
So what is King Josiah doing here?
We see that King Josiah has found the Book of the Covenant or the Bible and he starts reading it. He reminds the people of Israel about the truths and the laws that were set for them. Now look down at verse 4-6.
He tells all the high priest to remove Baal, and Asherah idols. See King Josiah realized something about his country.
They were all worshipping false idols!
They were not worshiping God anymore. They were sacrificing offerings and burning incense to other gods. So what did he do? He told his high priest to tear them down! He made a covenant with God to follow him and to keep His commandments. King Josiah was being bold with his faith. He didn’t ask people about what he should do. He didn’t decide to worship those other gods. As soon as he found the book of the covenant and saw how good God was, he decided change! Not only did he change or want to be changed but he wanted all of Israel to be changed and to know how good God is!
Look back at this last week. Is there an idol in your life that needs to come down?
How can you be bold in your faith this week?