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"That the generation to come might know Him..." Psalm 78:6


New Leader in the New Year

January 08, 2018
By Ronnie Plyler

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Maybe it was on your own, OR maybe something happened in your life that caused you to make a change. That’s exactly what happened to Josiah.

Josiah was 8 when he began to reign and did right in the sight of the Lord (2nd Kings 22:1-2). However, something significant happened in his life 18 years later, that marked much of his leadership.

By the time he was 26, the priest, Hilkiah, went to get money to pay the workers in the temple, and he found “the book of the Law” …the books given by Moses (2nd Kings 22:8). When one of the scribes began reading the book to Josiah, he tore his own clothes in disgust, in repentance, in angst because he saw himself just like the rebellious children of Israel in the wilderness (2nd Kings 22:13). He realized that the people he was “King” over, were like the old children of Israel in the wilderness as well. His leadership was with the “status-quo” and this grieved him.

The wrath of God was coming down on the people and Josiah knew it. I’m thankful the Law convicts us of sin (Psalm 19:7). Thank you Lord for the law! Because of Josiah’s repentance, God allowed him to be spared in seeing the judgement on Judah to come (2nd Kings 22:20). Josiah’s resolution was to be a new leader.

  • Josiah immediately took the book and read it aloud to the leaders of Judah (2nd Kings 23:2). Leaders bless others with “hearing” the Word as “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).
  • Because of Josiah’s leadership to recommit his life to godliness, the people recommitted their lives to godliness as well life (2nd Kings 23:2,3).
  • Because of Josiah’s leadership, false gods were purged from society… priests who had allowed false worship to prosper were fired (2nd Kings 22:5).
  • He ridded himself of valuables that were distractions (2nd Kings 22:11).
  • This new leadership model destroyed items and idols that the people worshiped by smashing them and pouring the dust into the brook Kidron (2nd Kings 23:12).
  • His actions followed his new heart! God had given Josiah a repentant heart.
  • He even destroyed the altar that Jereboam created (2nd Kings 23:15). This altar caused the people to sin greatly.
  • He implemented a “marker” in the life of the people by reinstating the Passover (2nd Kings 23:21-23).


“Before him (Josiah), there was no king like him who 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; nor did any like him arise after him” (2nd Kings 23:25).

Let’s lead as Josiah, daily resolving in our commitment to Christ.