Pastor Donald’s message was taken from 2 Chronicles 34. Josiah was only eight years old when he began to reign as King of Judah. The Scriptures tell us he sought the Lord and “did that which was right in the sight of the LORD”. When Josiah was sixteen years old “he began to seek after the God of David”. Although Josiah most likely had assistance during his early reign as King when he was 20 years old he “began to purge Judah and Jerusalem” from the places for pagan worship, wooden images and molten images. Under the previous reign of Josiah’s father Amon idol worship had become rampant. Josiah had the altars and graven images broken down in his presence and had the dust of them scattered “upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them”.
At the age of 26 Josiah began “to repair the house of the LORD his God”. As the Temple was being repaired “Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given to Moses”. This was a momentus find! The Temple had not been used in years and the book of law was probably thought to have been destroyed by previous kings. When King Josiah was told of the great find “he rent his clothes” as a sign of repentance for himself as well as his nation. As we continue reading 2 Chronicles we find Josiah led in restoring worship in the Temple and the Passover Feast. The last verse of chapter 34 reads “And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers.”