Good King Josiah
Josiah was a very good king.
Now, not all the kings of God’s people were good. Most of them were wicked. Josiah’s own father and grandfather were wicked!
When they were king, the people did not read God’s Word or
teach it to their children. They forgot how much God loved them. They forgot how he had rescued their people from Egypt through Moses. And they forgot that he was going to send a Savior one day! They did not pray to God, and they did not obey his laws. Instead, they worshiped idols—statues that they thought were actually gods.
But good King Josiah changed things. He became king when he was only 8 years old! He believed in the true God, and when he was older, he said, “I want the Lord’s temple to be repaired. Buy some timber and some big stones, and start fixing it up!” So all the workers started making the temple beautiful again.
One day, King Josiah’s secretary came to him to report on the temple. He said, “Sir, the workers are doing a good job fixing up the temple. Also, they found something I think you’ll want to see. It’s a book.” And he showed Josiah a scroll. A scroll is a little like a roll of
paper towel—or two rolls connected to each other. That’s what books looked like back then.
Then the secretary started reading from the book. It was God’s Law, which had been lost for years! When Josiah heard it, he got very upset. He said, “Oh, no! We’ve been sinning against the Lord! We have to repent!” He was so upset, he grabbed the neck of his robe, and he tore it off!
Then King Josiah ordered all God’s people to come to the temple, and he read the scroll to them too. When they heard it, they were sorry! They all promised to obey God and worship only him!
King Josiah destroyed all the idols. He burned down their altars and special worship buildings, and he got rid of all the leaders of this wickedness.
Because of good King Josiah’s changes, God’s Word—and the promise of the Savior—was
How did King Josiah remind people of God’s law and God’s promise of the Savior?
King Josiah read God’s Word to the people, and everyone promised to worship and obey God.
As I hang the SCROLL on the JESSE TREE, Here is an Advent promise for me:
King Josiah made sure God’s Word—and the promise of the Savior—were not forgotten.
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