Josiah, unlike his wicked father Amon, was one of the few truly good kings of Judah.
When God’s law was read to him, he humbled himself and led the people in obeying God.
Josiah “did right in the sight of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 34:2).
But Josiah’s son Jehoiakim “did evil in the sight of the LORD his God” (Jeremiah 36:5).
When God’s word was read to him, Jehoiakim cut the scroll in pieces and burned it.
He and his servants “were not afraid, nor did they rend their garments” (v. 24).
God honored Josiah for his humble response to His law, but brought Jehoiakim to a horrible end.
With Josiah at one end of the spectrum, and Jehoiakim at the other, where do we stand?
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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