2 Kings Chapter 23

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2 Kings 23

1 And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem.

And the king went up into the house of the Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of the Lord.

And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.

And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.

And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.

And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.

And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city.

Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren.

10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.

11 And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the Lord, by the chamber of Nathanmelech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.

12 And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.

13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.

14 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

15 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.

16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.

17 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel.

18 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria.

19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the Lord to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.

20 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men’s bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.

21 And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the Lord your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant.

22 Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah;

23 But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the Lord in Jerusalem.

24 Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord.

25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

26 Notwithstanding the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.

27 And the Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.

28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

29 In his days Pharaohnechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.

30 And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father’s stead.

31 Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

32 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done.

33 And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land to a tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold.

34 And Pharaohnechoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz away: and he came to Egypt, and died there.

35 And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaohnechoh.

36 Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.

37 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done.

25 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 23

  1. 25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

    26 Notwithstanding the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.

    Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7 KJV)

    Just because there is repentance and forgiveness doesn’t mean there won’t still be a price to pay when you reap what you’ve sown. We must count the cost of our actions to realize that even if we get things right with God concerning our eternal standing with Him, that doesn’t mean everything will be automatically right for us in the here and now. Just because a wound heals doesn’t mean there won’t be an ugly scar left behind.

  2. Josiah cleaned house but because the other kings did wrong, Judah must pay the consequences of their actions. It don’t matter that time has gone by that Josiah changed things, the Wrath of God was stirred and now they must pay.

    Yes we sin, we make mistakes, God forgives us for those sins, but the consequences of our actions will remain.

  3. A HOLY BONFIRE

    3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant.
    4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.
    5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
    6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.

    Josiah spoke the WORD of GOD and acted on the WORD of GOD. Too often in our lives we hear the WORD of GOD and many speak the WORD of GOD, however we slack in acting on the WORD of GOD.

    I believe this passage is a model for every church worship service.

    1. Preach the WORD of GOD

    2. People committing their heart and soul to the LORD

    3. CLEAN HOUSE – Remove every idol from our temple (REPENT)

    4. HOLY BONFIRE – Burn out and destroy every remnant (HOLY GHOST FIRE – Praying in the SPIRIT)

    5. STOMP, STOMP, STOMP on the devil – Rejoice in VICTORY over sin.

    6. Carry off the ashes. – Don’t leave any evidence of sin or idols in our lives (Walk in the SPIRIT- Live a HOLY {SEPARATED} LIFE.

    We need the FIRE of the Holy Ghost to burn in us at every WORSHIP service! Praise GOD with our whole heart. (I’m bout to have CHURCH up in ere!)

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  4. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    Josiah smashed idols

    It Matters

    A wonderful account of how a man of God took the Bible for what it was worth, forsook the traditions of the pagans, and worshipped with all his heart. He didn’t care who didnt like it or who didn’t agree with it, he did it to please the Lord.

  5. Trying to clean house.

    4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel. 5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. 6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. 7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove. 8 And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beersheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man’s left hand at the gate of the city.

    As we see here King Josiah was cleaning up the mess left by the other kings. He sought after God’s heart and what God wanted done in Isreal. He did what was good in the sight of God. He was Cleaning House!

    Then we see that His son took over when the King pasted away. Now something that popped out was that King Jehoahaz was not anointed, or at least it doesn’t say in the Bible that he was. Therefore if he wasn’t, he would be out of the flow, covering, and anointing of God. Now the thought of the Scripture in Matthew 12:44-45,” 44 Then he saith, I will return into the house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of the man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wiched generation.” To think that this king ,after His father cleaned up the mess left by the others, would make such a bigger mess than before. This is why we must train up our children the ways of God and Hos statutes. God is very gracious to us.

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  6. Who will your actions affect

    25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

    Josiah served God like no king had not even David, but he had to pay for sins commited by others. Sometimes when we think we got away with something, all we really did was curse a future generation

    Joe

  7. This chapter illustrates lifetime. The king did what he could in his lifetime; “And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.” Everyone is given a space of time (a lifetime) to do what we will with it; a wise person will do all they can for surely eternity awaits us all. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  8. 25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

    26 Notwithstanding the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.

    Josiah’s love for God’s ways and all that he did to serve the Lord, put off the judgement that had already been spoken. Josiah bought time & peace for the kingdom with his actions-however it didn’t change the judgement that was coming. Today we know God’s judgement is coming to this world & yet our actions today can affect those around us as we live for God in a godless society.

  9. what an example ! some might feel vulnerble to harassment if they stand up to Gods word and regretfully don t. but really by doing whats right and obeying God is strengh and shocking to the non christian. why not just say boldly ” well thats a sin agaist God” when the need arises.

  10. 25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

    What an impact this man had on his generation. No other King turned toward the Lord like this man. Even without great examples he took hold of the word of God and lead a great revival.

  11. Vs. 24-25, “Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord. And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.”

    Mark 12: 29-30 says, “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

    Josiah got rid of the evil, the sin, and all the abominations that were in Judah and Jerusalem. He served the Lord with his whole heart, and lived according to the word of the Lord.

    In order for us to live a Victorious life in Christ, we too, must get rid of the sin in our lives, turned to the Lord with all our heart, and live according to His Word.

  12. There was no mistake whom Josiah worship
    They could see Jesus in him . The LORD has set us free from the bondage of sin.
    LORD help us to use our freedom for HIS service.
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  13. 25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

    Sometimes in life you have to go back to the basics and begin again. We find in this chapter where the king did just that. Took them back to the beginning and begin to clean up the mess that had been made.

    Sometimes we need to take inventory in our lives and see where we have forsaken the commandment of the Lord and put back into practice or place those things that we have allowed to be removed so that we continue to walk steadfastly in the way that the Lord would be please with us.

  14. We can never be too careful.

    The word of God tells us to give no place to the devil.

    When we drop our guard for awhile we accumulate more darkness in our lives than we realize.

    Josiah kept finding idols and abominations. I am sure that as he began to weed out these things he was surprised at how many they’re were.

    1 Peter 3:10-11
    For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

    The word eschew means to go out of your way to get rid of evil.

    A snake can blend in with it’s surroundings and wait patiently before it subtley makes his advances towards its prey and attacks violently.

    The enemy is cunning and could be hiding in the shadows.

    Lord reveal to us any hidden encampments of the enemy. Whether it be entertainment, music, books, etc.

  15. Cleaning house
    Josiah did a lot to get things as clean as he could before he died. He read/listened to the books of the Lord and fulfilled them the best he could when he was alive.
    Even David who had a heart after God’s own heart did not follow God as diligently as Josiah. I strive to be more like him.

  16. Josiah’s reign was great and he made all things right. But it only took someone else just a short time to ruin it. Pastor can teach us and lead us in the ways of the Lord but when we are outside the church we can ruin all the teachings in just a moment. Go to Church or Be Church

    jessiecjohnson  –  July 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply

    Oops, he put it on the wrong day

  17. Josiah’s son reigned after his death. He did evil after all of Josiah’s teachings he disobeyed the commandments.

    The Chapter continues to teach me how doing evil is a choice, God didn’t teach us that nor did Josiah teach evil to his son. The enemy is always creeping in to our lives and we shouldn’t let it take over us and our families.

    Like Pastor said stump that devil, take authority and take back all that the devil has taken from you in Jesus name. Lord protect our children from all evil and bless them.

  18. 37 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his fathers had done.

    We have to be careful what we are doing our children. Our children will follow in our footsteps.

  19. Not long scripturally speaking after Josiah redevoted himself and his kingdom to the Lord that opposition came along. This is usually the case, after a great victory against the enemy a great war comes about. Now Josiah was killed in this war against Pharoah at Mediggo (Armagedon) which predicted is the site Revelations speaks of as the final battle place against the enemy of our soul. This was Josiah’s last battle with evil. But this will be a begining of strife for Israel. God kept his word at waiting until Josiah was gathered to his fathers to begin the pending judgment. We cannot afford to forsake the Lord or his Will for mankind and our own personal lives. We must continuee repairing daily, because we make messes daily, Saul says that he died daily, repenting of the sin that creeps into our lives. I pray that the Lord stuff Love, Joy, Peace, Humility, and Discipline within myself and his children in those nooks and cranny’s the enemy may see as a vantage spot to creep in and dominate. These tools will help us look at those Asherah poles, and high places like a bad joke needly boldly be erased. After all the purpose is eternal hence: 2 Tim 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith

  20. We have to learn to tear down walls, break chains, habits, and traditions in order to live for God. We may have built some of those walls ourselves; but, they need to come down if they are not helping us get into a closer relationship with our King.

  21. Children will follow their parents footsteps. The parents of today should be cautious of what they teach their children and the soon generation of parents should take heed to how they are being raised and either do the same to their kids or make a difference.

  22. 25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

    Josiah served the Lord with everything that he had and God gave him some victories as a result of that. If we give God everything that we have as Josiah did he will allow us to have victory over our enemies and trials as well.

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