2 Kings 23: Going All out for God
Josiah was a pretty amazing guy. Actually, it might be more accurate to say that Josiah actually believed and followed our pretty amazing God.
In 2 Kings 23, Josiah went about getting everything out of Judah that was not God honoring. I will not copy all of the verses, but if you remember nothing else about this chapter, remember that it was pretty much a systemic reform. The whole system that had been put in place by Manasseh, who was a pretty terrible king, got thrown away.
After all this was done, here is what the Bible says about Josiah.
2Ki 23:25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
There was never another king like him. He had some pretty tough competition. David was obviously a man who followed God, and there are plenty of other kings who did good things. However, Josiah was designated as the best.
I think that it is exactly how we want to live our lives. In fact, this is very similar to something that Jesus said.
Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Josiah was special because that is what he did, and Jesus is telling us that we need to do the same thing. We need to love God and do what God wants. Josiah did that like no one else in history, and I think that we can learn a lot from his example.