What made Josiah great 

Old Testament: 2Ki 23.15

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Kings 23–25 on May 19, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

Josiah loved God even as David loved God. He showed his love for God by restoring the true worship of God in Judah and beyond. 

That meant that he needed to destroy what Jeroboam had introduced that led Israel astray: “Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he broke down; and he burned the high place and crushed it to powder, and burned the wooden image” (2 Kings 23.15). 

He probably angered many in Israel, but he knew that idolatry is a massive insult against the one, true and living God. Therefore, in righteous zeal, he sought to remove anything within the land of Israel that was an offense to the God of heaven. 

May we imitate his zeal and worship God alone. 


  • Where was the altar located? 
  • Have you destroyed things in your life that could lead you astray from the Lord? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com

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