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2 Kings 22

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The Beginning of the Reign of Good King Josiah

2 Kings 22

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Lesson Number 36

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. 1. Faithful workers are a great blessing to any ministry.
  2. 2. Faithful leaders are a great blessing to any nation.

Practical Application

  1. Let Scripture judge you.

Questions

  1. Why did Josiah become king at such a young age?
  2. What does 2 Chronicles 34 tell us about good King Josiah?
  3. What significant event occurred in the 18th year of Josiah’s reign?
  4. Why did Josiah send the Book of the Law to Huldah the prophetess?
  5. How did God reward Josiah’s faithfulness?

Answers

  1. Because his father, wicked King Amon, was assassinated after only 2 years in office.
  2. When Josiah was 16 years old he began to see the God of his father David, and when he was 20 years old he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of idolatry.
  3. Josiah began major repairs on the House of the Lord, which led to the discovery of a copy of the Law hidden in the Temple during the evil days of kings Manasseh and Amon. The rediscovery of the Law of God led to the greatest revival up to this time in Judah’s history, in 621 B.C.
  4. Because he knew that he needed clarification and help understanding it.
  5. God said that He would delay His coming judgment on Judah and Jerusalem until after Josiah’s death.

Discuss/Consider

  1. 1. Faithful workers are a great blessing to any ministry. Discuss what this faithfulness looks like and does not look like. How are you being a faithful worker?
  2. 2. We can be thankful when we have government leaders who govern righteously and promote moral reform as Josiah did. In spite of who is in government, we are always responsible to promote morality and righteousness in our own lives and in our families.

Challenge

  1. Josiah let the Word of God judge and convict him. He did not sit in judgment of Scripture as many people do today. Do you judge Scripture or do you let Scripture judge you?

Key Verses

  • “And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” 2 Kings 22:2
  • “Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes… for great is the wrath of the LORD that is aroused against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” 2 Kings 22:11,13

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