Day 29

Josiah, Who Heard the Unearthed Word of God

from the The Genealogy of Jesus reading plan

2 Kings 21:19-25, 2 Kings 22:1-20, 2 Kings 23:1-3, 2 Kings 23:24-30

BY She Reads Truth

Start each day by reading the passages listed above. Then use the summary and reflection provided here to guide discussion around the daily reading.

Josiah became the fifteenth king of Judah at eight years old, following the death of his father. Throughout his reign, he instituted religious reforms meant to bring about repentance and lead God’s people back to faithfulness. 

Consider the details of Josiah’s story. What aspects are surprising or unexpected?

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34 thoughts on "Josiah, Who Heard the Unearthed Word of God"

  1. Terri Baldwin says:

    37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

    The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Heb 11:37–38.

    Isaiah, whose name means “the Lord is salvation,” is the masterful author of the book of Isaiah. His 55-to-60-year prophetic ministry presented the hope of salvation to the people of Judah in the reigns of the kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. Ancient Jewish-Christian tradition suggests that Isaiah was martyred by King Manasseh, son of Hezekiah. According to the tradition, Isaiah was tied inside a sack, placed within the hollow of a tree trunk, and then sawed in two. This story traces back to a first-century, noncanonical book called the Ascension of Isaiah, which claims to tell the story of Isaiah’s death.

    I found this as I was digging deeper and thought it was interesting story and wanted to share ; it definitely sounds like Manasseh. Check it out.

  2. Terri Baldwin says:

    What abundance of wickedness in Judah and Jerusalem! One would not have believed it possible, that in Judah, where God was known, in Israel, where his name was great, in Salem, in Zion, where his dwelling-place was, such abominations should be found. Josiah had reigned eighteen years, and had himself set the people a good example, and kept up religion according to the Divine law; yet, when he came to search for idolatry, the depth and extent were very great. Both common history, and the records of God’s word, teach, that all the real godliness or goodness ever found on earth, is derived from the new-creating Spirit of Jesus Christ.

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