2 Kings 22:1 – 23:30
- He is characterized by individual piety;
- He has an interest in the House of God – repairing it;
- He has an appreciation for and sumission to the word of god. finds the Word of God, trembles at it, etc.
- He understood that there was going to be judgment on israel, but that he was going to be taken out of the world before judgment, i.e. the Church is not appointed unto wrath. Not just “from the tribulation” but “out of the hour” of it (JND);
- He spreads the Word to the people; the fact that judgment was coming motivated him to reform the nation even though he knew he would be personally spared.
- He gets rid of idolatry – first from the Temple. He didn’t respect the failures of his fathers, but he went all the way back to the beginning because he had the authority of the Word of God. He didn’t stop at Miscellaneous, but went all the was back to “David his father”. He goes back to the beginning. The Reformers didn’t go all the way back – their revival was based on the individual faith of Martin Luther and a few others, just like Hezekiah’s. John’s first epistle insists on that which was from the beginning. We need to walk in the full truth of the Apostles’ doctrine. We need to turn our back on the Camp;
- he keeps the Passover, which has the same to aspects as the Lord’s Supper. It looked back to the deliverance from Egypt and on to the Sacrifice of Christ. The Lord’s Supper carries us back to Christ in death.
Josiah vs. hezekiah. there are two great revivals in the history of Judah, paralleling the history of the church. Hezekiah’s recovery is based on Hezekiah’s individual faith in the face of great opposition and persecution. Josiah’s recovery began with Josiah’s obedience and led to the rediscovery of the word of god, during a time of remarkable peace. These two recoveries parallel the reformation (1500’s) and the recovery of the truth (1800’s).