Josiah, at 16, cleans house.
At 26, he encounters the Word of the Lord for the first time and tears his clothes. He receives the words of the prophetess, makes a wholehearted covenant to the Lord, and sets out to obey and perform what is written in the law.
Josiah leads the people in one of the biggest Passover celebrations on record. Lots and lots of sheep. May we never forget why they celebrated Passover.
Finally, Josiah dies fighting an enemy, and three evil kings follow in succession. Decline. Capture. Exile. Mourning. The book does end on an up note though, and thus the Old Testament in the original Hebrew ends on an up note: It ends with the hope of the temple being rebuilt and the Messiah coming.
“LET HIM GO UP!”
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