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Series: Alive - Reviving Spiritual Passion
Introduction: Josaiah was the fifteenth king of Judah, a young boy-king who left his mark on his generation. 2 Kings 23:25 says, ''Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him.'' His name means ''supported of Yahweh.'' He had four sons, two of which followed him as the next kings of Judah: Shallum under the name of Jehoahaz and Eliakim under the name Jehoiakim.
1 Kings 13:1-2 states, ''And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the Lord, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, 'O altar, altar! Thus says the Lord: ''Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men's bones shall be burned on you.'''''
This prophesy was given 300 years before Josiah was born. Josiah was a man of prophetic destiny called for a specific time. The last reform in Judah was under King Hezekiah 57 years before Josiah. Since that reform, the nation had fallen into its deepest sins, into the darkest days of its history. Josiah rose above the dark, hopeless situation and did what is right. During his reign, Jeremiah the prophet began his ministry as did Zephaniah. We are called to be a Josiah in our school, our job, our city, and our nation.
I. THE JOSIAH PRINCIPLE
A. WHO JOSIAH WAS
2 Kings 23:25 Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him.
1. A zealous reformer
2. A reviver of the people
3. A re-discoverer of God's word
4. A responder to God
5. A righteous man
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