A stubborn heart is a snare, a very destructive one. In King Josiah’s case, it prevented him from reason. He unitarily decided to battle with the ruler of Egypt: Neco. Neco even professed that his mission was directed by God and that King Josiah should remove himself from any kind of involvement in the matter. But Josiah, perhaps out of ego, momentarily closed off his ears, and mind, to divine instruction. At the very least King Josiah could have sought a word from Jeremiah, or another prophet. But his stubbornness had already formed a plan that was rigid and inflexible. And that battle with Neco, one Josiah had been warned to stay away from, led to the king of Judah’s death. The lesson being, stubbornness stifles growth and opportunity. It damages relationships and removes humility. It is a great tragedy that out of all the great efforts Josiah led, and inspired, his last act was associated with the folly of a stubborn heart.
2 Chronicles 35:22 “Josiah, however, would not turn away from him, but disguised himself in battle. He would not listen to what Neco had said at God’s command but went to fight him on the plain of Megiddo.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/3/2019)