The Word of God left us some valuable lessons we could learn from those who came before us. God looked out for us by giving us his word in-spite of what happened in the Garden of Eden thousands of years ago. King Josiah whose story is told in 2 Kings chapter twenty two and twenty three is someone we all can truly learn from. Here are four quick facts about King Josiah who became king at the young age of 8 that we could learn from.
1. When he heard the Word of God his heart was convicted.
2 Kings 22:11 New International Version
11 When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.
2. He shared God’s word after hearing it showing true leadership as a King.
2 Kings 23:2-3 New International Version
2 He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. 3 The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book.
3. His people followed his leadership because he was willing to lead by example.
2 Kings 23:3 Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.
4. He got rid of anything that was against God’s will
2 Kings 23:4-7 New International Version
4 The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel. 5 He did away with the idolatrous priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem—those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts. 6 He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the Lord to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the dust over the graves of the common people. 7 He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes that were in the temple of the Lord, the quarters where women did weaving for Asherah.
I can’t miss this opportunity so if your reading this now and you don’t have a relationship with the Lord please don’t exit before doing so because Jesus wants to do something that you can’t do yourself and that is save you. If your willing to allow Jesus to become your personal savior say this prayer. Pray Lord I confess with my mouth that you are Lord and believe in my heart that you rose from the dead for my sins. I ask for forgiveness of my sins and ask that you come into my heart teaching me and guiding me in the way that I should live in Jesus name I pray Amen!!! If you said this prayer and you meant it from your heart you are now saved by the blood of Jesus!!