case example – King Josiah (See 2 Kings21-23 & 2 Chronicles33-35)
I was just eight years old when my father, Amon was assassinated. Before I was crowned in his place those who killed him had been caught and executed. I knew very well that both my father and his father before him, Mannassah, had rejected the worship of the LORD, the God of Israel. Instead they set up idols for themselves, and some they put in the temple of God in Jerusalem. The used witchcraft and fortune-tellers – practices God specifically warned against. Mannasseh had innocent people killed and even sacrificed one of his own sons.
Not a promising start for such a young boy in such an important position you may think. Indeed I could have been prey to all sorts of people with evil intent, but something stopped me from going the same way as my father and grandfather. Perhaps it was because I had not been exposed to the evils of my predecessors for too long or that some of the bad influences had been removed after my father had been killed that I could start with a clean slate. Maybe it was the influence of my mother, Jedidiah, or because I listened to what Hilkiah, the High Priest, taught me. For whatever reason when I was 16 I decided I would seek the God of my ancestors, as David my great forbear had done.
At first I thought it was possible to worship him without it mattering what else I did, or what else I allowed to go on around me. But I learnt that you can’t only give God part of your life. So I began to take out of my life all those things God would disapprove of, and as King I had the responsibility to do this in the nation too. I started to purge the land of the images made by men to be so-called gods, and of their altars and the priests who ministered at them. Of course, it is not enough to stop doing the things you know are wrong, you have to do the right things too. So six years into this ‘cleansing’ I set about restoring the temple of the LORD that had fallen into disrepair. This was how a discovery was made that was to affect the rest of my life.
Clearing out one of the rooms that had been used to store the money for the works Hilkiah found the book of the Law that God had given to Moses. Hilkiah gave it to Shaphan, the Scribe, who told me of the find. I was amazed! These words had been spoken to Moses who had written them down and instructed all the people about them. They had since been neglected and then lost during the reigns of my predecessors. And now my ears were the first to hear them for who knows how many years.
Shaphan read the book to me and I became appalled as I listened, for I realised that not just for years, but for generations no one had kept the commandments written here. Towards the end of what Shaphan read were a list of the blessings to be poured on those who kept what was written, but then there was a list of the curses for those who did not. The great God who had brought terrible plagues upon the Egyptians in the years of our ancestors must have been poised to bring even greater calamities on his own people because of our disobedience! I tore my own robes in grief and sent a delegation to Huldah, the prophetess, for me and for all the people, to learn what God would do.
Huldah told them The LORD would indeed punish Judah and its inhabitants for rejecting him, worshipping idols instead and for their wickedness. However, there would be peace while ever I reigned. Why? Because my heart was right before God and because I sought to humble myself before him.
I wanted to share this blessing with all my people, so I sent for the elders from throughout Judah and together with the inhabitants of Jerusalem went up to the temple and read to them the Book of the Law. Before everyone I made a covenant with God to follow him, to keep his commandments with all my heart and soul and to carry out all the words of the law, written in the book. Then the people also took the same stand. With this I had Hilkiah, the High Priest remove the image of Asherah and of Baal, whom they had previously worshipped, together with every last thing connected with false religion in the temple and told him to utterly burn them. Finally I made an end of all the altars and ‘high places’ dedicated to idols through out the country.
That same year, the eighteenth of my reign, we kept the Passover feast, as was written in the book of the Law. We celebrated God’s deliverance of Israel from the plague of the death of the first born in Egypt, and from slavery there. It was a wonderful time – the Passover had not been kept like this since the days of Samuel, judge of Israel! I and the leaders gave lambs and young goats from our flocks to the people of that they could join in the feast in the way described. And I thought of how God had ‘passed over’ me, that despite his anger over all that had been done he showed me mercy.
 Probably the book we now know as Deuteronomy.
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