King Josiah’s reign began at age 8 after his father’s assassination. At that time, many in Judah had forgotten and forsaken their covenant with God. Paganism was widespread. As a young man, Josiah sponsored repairs to the temple, during which a book of the Law was found and shared with him. It was a turning point for the king. Josiah’s encounter with the Word of God led to repentance—“he tore his garments” (verse 22:11). Knowing his kingdom had strayed from the Law, he renewed the covenant and led Judah’s spiritual renewal—restoring the Passover feast and more—while crushing idol worship and other abominations. Of Josiah it is said, “Before him there had been no king who turned to the Lord as he did, with his whole heart…nor did any king like him arise after him” (23:25).
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