My OT essay is on King Josiah, and I think the best way for me to work out what’s going on to help me write it is to try and communicate my thoughts to you (all 3 of you who read my blog).
Josiah is a cool dude, he was faithful to the LORD and followed in the steps of David, not swerving to the left or to the right. All this was in a time that not many followed the LORD and instead worship other gods and idols, like Baal and Ashera, the fertility gods. So far my thoughts aren’t too advanced, and some of my thoughts aren’t even helpful to me for my essay but I think are worth mentioning.
When Josiah had the ‘book of the law’ (most likely Deuteronomy) read to him he fell down tore his cothes and wept because of the actions of him and his people. Upon hearing the word he realised that he was sinful and needed the LORD, it brought him much sorrow because it understood the gravity of their sin and that the nation would be destroyed because of it (mainly due to his great-grandaddy, Mannaseh being an idolatrous nutjob). You then see repentance on Josiah part as he seeks to reform the nation and have Jerusalem as the focus point again, where the people worship the true and living God once again, he celebrates the passover like never seen since the Judges.
For me this has hit home in my own reading of the scriptures.
- Do I read the bible and weep when it unveils my sinfulness?
- Do I thanks Jesus for saving me from the destruction is deserve, and then rejoice?
- Do I repent of my ways, not in order to earn my salvation, but to please the Lord for that is good and right?
This has been a huge challenge and over the years I sense that for many things in my life I have failed to see the gravity of them, and repent. I do take joy in Jesus saving and redemptive work , but how often I forget too.
As I continue to work out Josiah’s theological significance, I will hopefully share more thoughts.