Reforms are carried out to restore certain practice or ways of existence that have been abandoned or deserted. Religious reform in Israel was carried out to restore the true worship of God which has been infiltrated with the worship of idols with its prevalence effects on both social and religious evils. King Josiah, the son of Amon started to reign in Jerusalem at the age of eight and reigned for thirty one years. He devoted himself to pleasing God and reinstituting Israel’s observance of the Mosaic Law.
THE PREVALENT RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES IN JUDAH THAT BROUGHT ABOUT JOSIAH’S REFORM (2 Kings 23:1-30)
THE DISCOVERY OF THE LAW BOOK (2Kings 22:1-11)
The law book was discovered in the 18th year of the reign of King Josiah, during the renovation of the house of the Lord. The book was discovered by Hilkah the high priest and was sent to King Josiah through his secretary shaphan. When shaphan read the book before the king, he rented his clothes because he felt the guilt of the fact that the words of the Lord have been grossly disobeyed. He quickly sorted prophetic interpretations to avert the wrath of God.
THE PROPHECY OF PROPHETESS HULDAH (2KINGS 22:12-20)
King Josiah sent five men including Hilkiah and Shaphan to Prophetess Huldah to inquire from her what God had in stock against the nation. Huldah told the messengers that because Israel had forsaken the Lord and burnt incense to other gods, God had resolved to bring evil upon their land and its inhabitant. But as for the king, she maintained that God has heard his cries and would be kind to him because the king, she maintained that God has heard his cries and would be kind to him because the king was humble and rented his clothes, when he heard the content of the law book. Having received the message from God, Josiah assembled all the Israelites including the priests and the prophets in the temple to renew the covenant. After reading the book of the covenant before the people, he stood by the pillar and promised to keep God’s commandments. And the people also pledged their readiness to walk in accordance with God’s statues and His ordinances.
JOSIAH’S REFORMS IN JUDAH (11KINGS 23:4-14, 21-30)
SIGNIFICANT POINTS AND LESSONS