There is something to be said about one who uses influence and authority in inspirational ways. King Josiah did, per 2 Chronicles 34. He entered the fray of faith with intense, and sincere, activity. Josiah could have ordered the removal of pagan shrines throughout the territories of Judah and felt vindicated in this work alone. But he went a step further. He made it his mission to take the Bible to as many people as possible, even to the remote, and rural, parts of Judah. The text indicates his adoration of God was so powerful, and his disgust for idolatry was so strong, that King Josiah personally dedicated himself to spiritual purity, for himself and the kingdom. His commitment to the Lord was undeniable. He praised God both publicly and privately. He honored God both publicly and privately. And throughout his life he was able to inspire the people of Judah to try and do the same.
2 Chronicles 34:33 “Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. As long as he lived, they did not fail to follow the Lord, the God of their ancestors.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/1/2019)