Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. 2 Kings 22:11
In the midst of so many evil kings, it’s surprising to see one actually do what is right in the sight of God.
Such is Josiah, who became king of Judah at eight years old and did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 2 Kings 22:2
When he was eighteen he sent a scribe to the Temple to assist in counting the offering. In the process, the priest found the Book of the Law, which the scribe read to King Josiah.
He tore his clothes as a sign of humility and repentance. He knew God’s anger burned against Judah.
Josiah reformed the nation and returned to the worship of the Lord God.
He tore down and burned the idolatrous statues and got rid of the idolatrous priests of Baal and Asherah.
He tore down the ritual shelters of the perverted persons and put an end to child sacrifice.
He went on to get rid of the golden calf idol at Bethel, that Jeroboam set up so many years ago and started the nation on its downhill slide into sin.
He even executed the false priests on their own altars.
A nation can turn around in two ways.
First, when the people of that nation humble themselves before God, turn from their wicked ways, pray, and seek God’s face. God says He will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Another way is for the leader of the country to repent and turn to God and become an example to lead the people from their sin.
This country needs one of these to happen!