Josiah did everything humanly possible to revive Israel spiritually, but the bones were still dry! (As in Ezekiel 37) All our efforts in evangelism, in building our congregation, in training our children, can be in vain. We need Jesus Christ to come and make our efforts live. 1 Cor. 15:58.
“It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and predicted these things that you have done against the altar at Bethel.”
Remember that guy! Back in 1 Kings 13, after Jeroboam gets the false worship really going with altars in Bethel and Dan – A man of God came out of Judah and truth-told that God was going to bring a son to the house of David whose name was Josiah!
As much as prophesy is the act of telling something that’s going to happen in the future, here we have one.
v25 says, “Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might,”
Yet as Stuart Snr notes, really, the best thing Josiah does is point us to Jesus.
Josiah wasn’t a conquering king like Jesus. He was killed by Pharaoh Neco right at the start of the battle.
And Josiah didn’t defeat death, couldn’t be the ever-living Messiah, the Lord’s Christ whose reign would never end.
The next two kings both rejected God, doing evil in the sight of the LORD.
We need Jesus! His righteousness, His victory, His kingship over our lives.