Grow up: Day 190

2 Chron 34:14-35:27

It is quite refreshing hearing of the reign of Josiah. The writer has many words of praise for him:

As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the LORD, the God of their fathers. 34:33

18 The Passover had not been observed like this in Israel since the days of the prophet Samuel; and none of the kings of Israel had ever celebrated such a Passover as did Josiah, with the priests, the Levites and all Judah and Israel who were there with the people of Jerusalem. 35:18

Yet even the great reforms of Josiah could not turn the tides on the past sin of the nation:

24 ‘This is what the LORD says: I am going to bring disaster on this place and its people—all the curses written in the book that has been read in the presence of the king of Judah. 25 Because they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods and provoked me to anger by all that their hands have made, [e] my anger will be poured out on this place and will not be quenched.’

The great king of Judah, Josiah, could not quench the anger of God.

But one King of Judah could:

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matt 26:39

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