Reformation

Scripture Verses

2 Kings 22:1-20; 23:1-37; 2 Chronicles 34:1-33; 35:1-27

Outline

King Josiah is an example of a wonderful life lived as a light in times of darkness.

Prophetess

  • Miriam – Exodus 15:20
  • Deborah – Judges 4:4
  • Huldah – 2 Kings 22:14; 2 Chronicles 34:22
  • Noadiah – Nehemiah 6:14
  • Unnamed – Isaiah 8:3
  • One in the NT: Anna – Luke 2:36

Twofold message

  • Judgment is coming
  • Not in Josiah’s lifetime
  • Response: Tender heart, humble spirit

Comparison

  • 2 Kings
    • Law discovery
    • Covenant renewal
    • Worship reform
    • Passover celebration
  • 2 Chronicles
    • Worship reform
    • Law discovery
    • Covenant renewal
    • Passover celebration

Josiah’s Purification Program – 2 Kings 23

  1. Removing pagan vessels from the temple – verse 4
  2. Deposing pagan clergy – verse 5
  3. Pulverizing the Asherah image – verse 6
  4. Wrecking the male prostitutes’ temple apartments – verse 7
  5. Defiling Judah’s high places, deposing their priests – verses 8-9
  6. Desecrating Tophet, the place of child sacrifice – verse 10
  7. Removing and destroying sun worship – verse 11
  8. Smashing royal idolatrous altars – verse 12
  9. Eliminating Solomon’s folly – verse 13
  10. Destroying the props for fertility worship – verse 14
  11. Pulling down Jeroboam’s worship center – verses 15-16
  12. Purge throughout the northern cities – verses 19-20

Josiah

  • Nevertheless… Obedience…

Bonus

  • 1 Kings 13:2 – prophecy given
  • 2 Kings 23:15-16 – prophecy fulfilled
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