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July 6th, 2007

King Josiah

As I was markering up decorations for our apartment refrigerator, I noticed something. Well, I noticed it before, but upon searching, I am very surprised.

It has to do with the Jewish King Josiah who ruled around 640-609 BC.

In general, the period of the Kings was not so good. There weren't all that many good kings during those years, though there were some. Then you have crazy characters like Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel, to make history dramatic. It's a very colorful period and the books of Kings and Chronicles are sprinkled with many interesting stories. They would make an excellent miniseries^^ I wonder if anyone else has thought of this? I would love to read/write/watch some representation about this period and get all the timelines and relationships down in my head. I still have that French play waiting for me to read... Hey, dad, find me cool literary/art stuff about the period of Kings so we can have media days when I come home for break!! XD (I am lucky to have a Biblical information professional at my call :p)

Anyway, You know how Deuteronomy 6:5 commands to "love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." Well, I happened to run back over a verse about King Josiah (I like King Josiah^^) and found this:

"Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him." 2 Kings 23:25

This is quite a statement. I thought, "surely someone else must have gotten this kind of recognition." But when I did a keyword search for "heart" "soul" and "might" I only got these two verses. Intriguing.

King Josiah turned to God with the fullest sincerity after he heard the Book of the Law read after many years of it being lost. I hope that every time I pick up the Book of the Law, that I will have this kind of earnest and zealous reaction. I should never take the word of the LORD for granted! Just as I swore many years ago never to take life's daily blessings for granted.

It's good to have good examples :)


(And back to the Software Evaluation checklist tally I go...)

King Josiah and the Prophet Jeremiah

Digging into this subject a little bit more, I found out some curious things. To start, I am going to switch gears a little and look to Jeremiah.

Jeremiah was a prophet who wrote two books of the Bible. He lived at the end of the period of the Divided Kingdom and saw the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon.

He began prophesying during the reign of King Josiah.

Even after about five years of prophesying, King Josiah had still not turned his heart to God. It was in the eighteenth year of his reign, after the Books of Moses were found and read to him, when he turned to God. He restored true worship in the temple and it seems that he himself read the Books of the Law of Moses to all the people (2 Kings 23:2). He worked very hard to fulfill the Law and reform the worship of his people.

When King Josiah died, the prophet Jeremiah was very sorrowful. This was the last really good king Judah had before she fell. And so, Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah (mentioned in 2 Chronicles 35:25) and they were read by the people for many years after these events.

It is interesting to note that the prophet Jeremiah's father was a man of the tribe of Levi named Hilkiah. Remember how the priest who found the Book of the Law was also named Hilkiah. The time period and the family are right, but whether or not this is the same Hilkiah is not certain. In fact, some Biblical scholars think they are two different people. Still, it is an interesting possibility.

This period is so full of interesting people. Their 'characters' are so rich.

I can't say it enough - I would love to see this in a well done miniseries.
The figures of the Bible, especially in this time period, have scattered pieces about their lives in the various books of Kings and Chronicles. When the pieces are taken and put together, what amazing portraits form!!

I need a break!

I was previously not happy with the way I had made this icon - but I shifted the small thumbnails and then lightened the background, and so I think I am now pleased with it!

I worked on my Software evaluation checklist and slides today. I think they are about ready to go. I hope the 15 page paper will be as quick to write as I expect it to be... Tomorrow I get to work more on the other paper that is due this Thursday.

I am really enjoying the newer vocal editions by Dj Doboy. They are much darker than usual. Volume 23 starts out so great with a remix of Sound of Silence.

I am not sure if we have a quiz tomorrow on Romans or not? I should review just in case...

I saw a poster on which someone had practiced their Braille on campus the other day. I want to take those Braille lessons... I also have Rome Total War waiting for me. Egypt is harassing me. Then, there's those languages I want to study and the cooking I want to do. Also, I gotta go to the Tabernacle XD The one in Lancaster, that is. I can't wait until I am out of classes for more than two weeks. I can't think about that now, though, or I will get restless and distracted. Wait...I already am :p

I have the munchies. Food, where are you?

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