Week 20   Day 6

 

Josiah led his people

            in re-establishing

            God's covenant 

The covenant has two sides 

            life or death  

            blessing or curse 

Josiah believed God

            he wanted life

            and blessing.

 

 

One of the evils which God clearly hates

            and which was practiced

            by people in the days of The Kings

            was human sacrifice 

When you read the phrase about parents

            passing their children through the fire 

that refers to parents offering their children

            as human sacrifices to their gods

Even Manasseh, king of Judah, did it.



                                           LEADERSHIP
     Listen to the Law.  Obey it.  Celebrate the Passover.
                                              II Kings 23

 

    2The king went up to the house of the Lord with all the men

of Judah, and with him all the inhabitants of Jerusalem--the

priests, prophets and all the people, both small and great. 

And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the

Covenant which had been found in the house of the Lord.

     3Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before

the Lord, to follow the Lord and to keep His commandments,  

testimonies and statutes, with all his heart and with all his soul,
and to perform the words of the covenant that were written
in
this book.  All the people took a stand for the covenant. 

    4The king commanded Hilkiah and the doorkeepers, to bring

out of the temple of the Lord all the articles that were made for

Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; Josiah burned

them outside Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried their

ashes to Bethel.  5Then he removed the idolatrous priests whom

the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense on the high

places in the cities of Judah, and those who burned incense to

Baal, to the sun, to the moon, to the constellations, and to all

the host of heaven.  10And he defiled Topheth, that no man

might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire to

Molech.   12The altars that were on the roof of Ahaz and the

altars which Manasseh had made, the king broke down and

pulverized. 

     21Then the king commanded all the people, saying, "Keep

the Passover to the Lord your God, as it is written in this Book

of the Covenant."  22Such a Passover surely had never been

held since the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all

the days of the kings of Israel and Judah.  23 In the eighteenth

year of Josiah this Passover was held before the Lord in

Jerusalem.  25There was no king like him, who turned to the

Lord with all his heart, and his soul, and with all his might.

     28The rest of the acts of Josiah, are they not written in the

book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?  29 In his days

Pharaoh Necho, king of Egypt, went to the aid of the king of

Assyria, to the River Euphrates; and king Josiah went against

him.  Necho killed Josiah at Megiddo when he confronted

him.  30Then his servants moved his body in a chariot from

Megiddo, brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own

tomb.  And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of

Josiah, anointed him, and made him king in his father's place.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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