Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 35
The name “Josiah” has risen in popularity in recent days. It has even hit the baby name lists (#83 last year). But where did this name come from, and why is it a good one? 2 Chronicles 34-35 answer these two questions well. He was a king whose reign began when he was just 8 years old! Even as a wee lad, he chose to “seek the God of David his father”, and he sought to make things — and keep things — right in Israel. Simply put, Josiah was a king who sought to honor God. The last chapter we studied said a mouthful in its closing line concerning his leadership and worship: “All his days they did not turn away from following the Lord, the God of their fathers.”
In today’s reading, we catch a glimpse at one of the best moments of his life. Josiah reinstituted the Passover — and not just the meal — among the people of Israel. He put the ark of the covenant back in the temple. Passover celebration was supposed to be one of the thriving veins of the Jewish calendar and Hebrew culture. It was meant to call Israel’s mind back to God’s sovereign deliverance. They had forgotten. Josiah helped them remember. And when you read this passage, you can’t help but imagine that this was one incredible celebration. All because one man chose to honor God rather than continue down the slippery slopes of man’s plans. Josiah was a king worth emulating.
Unfortunately, he died in battle, but he would not be forgotten. Yes, he’s on our baby name lists. But more than that, we know that the Lord was honored by Josiah, and He will not let him be forgotten.
We ask this question often at Center Point, and today gives us another opportunity: What will your legacy be? What will you be remembered for? I hope when I leave this earth, my legacy is similar to Josiah’s: a man who loved, honored, worshiped, and served the Living God.
Posted by: Todd Thomas