Have you heard of our heroine for this week? Her name is Huldah . . .
We can read two different accounts of Huldah's prophecy, and her guidance for a young king: in II Chronicles 34, or in II Kings 22. The story is very similar; here is one for us to read:
Remember our story of Jehosheba, who saved the child, Joash? He was crowned king when he was just seven years old . . . well, in our story this week, little Josiah was eight when he was placed on the throne, because his father was assassinated. Hilkiah, the high priest that was mentioned, probably was instrumental in teaching the young king about the things of the Lord, and the way things should be. In one of the passages about Josiah, his mom is mentioned -- her name was Jedidiah. That's the same name that God gave to Solomon; this special name meant "beloved of the Lord" so I guess we can surmise that she was a godly mother. In the eighth year of his reign (he would be sixteen years old at that point) he began to be interested in the things of God. He began to seek the Lord. Just four years later, when Josiah was twenty, he took the reins of the kingdom firmly in his hands, and began to clean things up! It was the custom to have advisors for young kings, and then when they "came of age" they would then assume the full authority of their position.
I think it's interesting to read what was involved in cleaning up the idol-worship of the land; the verses tell of tearing down the poles, idols, and altars, and burning the bones of the leaders of false worship. It's interesting, too, to see that King Josiah was personally involved -- he didn't just sit in the palace and tell other people to do the work. He went out and made sure it was done, and then went back to Jerusalem.
It's awesome to look at and compare passages of scripture and see how the pieces of the puzzle fit together; back in I Kings 13 we actually see this massive clean up prophesied - even telling the name of the king that would be in charge!
We'll move further forward in our study next time!