by Jerry Vines

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Josiah: the King Who Found the Book (14 of 14)
Series: Kings on Parade
Jerry Vines
II Chronicles 34, II Kings 22

This is the last of the godly kings in the line of the kings of Judah. It will not be long until Judah will be carried away into captivity. Josiah was the grandson of King Manasseh we studied last week. I called him the meanest king who ever lived. He indeed was mean but he experienced a remarkable, wonderful conversion. He was gloriously converted. His father was a man named Amon. We are told in chapter 33 about his father Amon in verse 21 and following. His father Amon seemed to try to undo all the good that Manasseh had done after his conversion. In fact, he was so very bad that we are told in verse 24 that some of the servants in the palace of King Amon conspired together and slew Amon in his own palace.

In verse 25 it says, ''But the people of the land slew all them that conspired against the king of Amon and the people of the land made Josiah his son, king in his stead.''

The people stepped in and did something about the circumstances. The people made the selection of King Josiah when he was just an eight year old boy.

It is interesting to study the life of Josiah because among many of the things we are going to consider, here was a young man who was predicted, by name, years and years prior to his birth. Jot this verse down in your Bible somewhere. In I Kings 13, verses 1 through 2 there was a prediction made by a man of God that there would be a king whose name would be Josiah. The very fact that his name is predicted ahead of time is an indication to us that God had a great plan for his life.

Of course, you know that God knows all of our names. God knows my name. God knows your name. We are not in the Bible but God knows us. Just like he did for young Josiah, He has a plan for every one of our lives.

Josiah becomes a king at the age of eight and the Bible says that he does right in the sight of the Lord and walks in the ...

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