I really enjoyed studying and exploring Josiah’s life, but that essay was tough. I could have preach an hour sermon on him and been funny and engaging, but couldn’t find 600 words easily about his theological significance for kings. But i’m so glad its over.
I was reflecting on my attitude to it all over the last day or two. At stages I was really frustrated and couldn’t be bothered, other times I was just blank. But as i considered Josiah, I pondered what Josiah would do if he was writing an essay about me (egocentric, i know) would he be over it, or frustrated. At bible college I have a great privalege of studying God’s word full time and many would relish the opportunity, sometime in the stress and frustration of it all, this perspective gets lost, so in the end i turned to Josiah’s example and was inspired to nut out the last bit.
Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him. (2 Kgs 23:25)
Josiah was truly a GOOD King, a second Moses and a second David, he looked to God with all his life: Heart!! Soul!! Strength!!
One other thing i will quickly mention is that Josiah was a true leader, he wasn’t n it for his own glory, he didn’t do it all himself, he took other with him, and led by example, when he smashed the pagan places of worship he took the priest with him, to show them what was to be done. He delegated tasks to the right people, gave the Levites their responsibilities and the priest theirs. He had vision and he shared it with those around him.
If you are a leader, lead by example, don’t think you are the only person who can do the job (I’m still learning this one, MTS challenged me on this a lot), give people an opportunity to be involved, share the vision and get people on board to see that vision happen.
Praise be the the God of Josiah, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.