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the 8 yr. old king

I just finished reading 2 Kings during my devotion time and here are some of my thoughts about Josiah.  Josiah became king of Judah at only 8 years old after his dad was assassinated.  The Bible says for many of the kings that they “did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord.”   However for Josiah, the Bible says, “He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.”  Here are some of the accomplishments of Josiah:

  • He repaired the Temple.  2 Kings 22:3-7
  • He was convicted when he heard the Word of God.  2 Kings 22:11
  • He challenged the people with the Word of God.  2 Kings 23:1-3
  • He tore down the idols and false gods that the people were worshipping.  2 Kings 23:4-24
  • He killed the priests of the false gods.  2 Kings 23:20
  • He spread human bones over these high places, making them unfit for idol worship.  2 Kings 23:16,20

Towards the end of his life, this is what God says about Josiah, “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses. ”  Josiah reminds me that young children can have a great impact for God.

One Response to “the 8 yr. old king”

  1. You are absolutely right Justin. Young children can have a great impact for God. Think of how many parents have come to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior because their children did first. Children ministry is so important. Many times, if you can reach the children you can reach the parents. And, as those children grow, they reach more and more of their friends.

    We have had parents bring their children on outreaches over the years, and the homeless are really touched by seeing children helping them.

    Josiah is a very interesting and inspirational study. I remember Pastor Mike doing some great messages on King Josiah.

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