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Monday, March 18, 2013

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Josiah’s reform was nothing but remarkable.  His determination to remove idol worship from the country was thorough, and that was how he was remembered, “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses” (verse 25).


However, all of these could not stop the doom of the country, the invasion from Egypt and Babylon were imminent.  Some may ask, what was the use of following God’s law?


We must be clear that obeying God’s command and law is always the right thing to do, but there are consequences of disobeying God.  Josiah reformed the nation, but years of idol worship deeply damaged people’s loyalty to God, merely removing places of idol worship was not enough.  Change has to come from within.


But change can also be superficial, and sometimes we can fool everyone around us, but we cannot fool God.  Deep in our hearts, we know the truth about ourselves, which is “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Rev 3:17).  We need true revival and reformation!


Daniel Jiao
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong