Josiah’s Sabbath

Leithart | 9/25/2018 | Staff
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The Chronicler carefully lays out the chronology of Josiah’s reign (2 Chronicles 34-35).

1)Becomes king at age of 8 (34:1).

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2) In the eighth year of his reign, at age 16, Josiah begins to seek God (34:3).

3) In the twelfth year of his reign, at age 20, Josiah begins to purge Jerusalem, Judah, the temple, and the northern kingdom (34:3).

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4) In the eighteenth year of his reign, at age 26, he begins to repair the house (34:8). During that project, the book of Torah is rediscovered in the temple. Josiah leads a covenant renewal and organizes a Passover celebration. All this takes place in the eighteenth year (35:19).

5) Josiah reigns for 31 years, dying at the age of 39 (34:1; the years of wandering in the wilderness?). After the Passover, the only event recorded is Josiah’s death at the hands of Pharaoh Neco (35:20-27). That means we have no information about roughly 13 years of Josiah’s reign, between the year of reform and the king’s death.

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In a Sunday School class this past week, Emma Stone (member at Trinity Presbyterian Church) observed the Sabbatical theme in the passage. Josiah begins the purge of...
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