‘Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the Lord.’ (2 Kings 23v24)
What a contrast! Ahab sacrifices his own child in the fire, practices divination, consults mediums and spiritists to find out the meaning of omens he has received. Josiah on the other hand, places God’s agenda front and foremost as he removes the mediums and spiritists and every idol that causes the people to stray from God.
In reading this, I’m reminded of Saul’s earlier failure in which he declares war on the mediums and spiritists only to later on disguise himself and visit a woman to ask her to consult a spirit on his behalf. The woman – fearing he will kill her – reprimands his duplicity, showing in that moment more integrity than the King himself. Now, compare this with…
…Josiah who removes all things that will prove a stumbling block to the people and for what reason? To fulfil the requirements of (God’s) law.
Question: What separates Josiah from King Saul and Ahab?
Answer: A desire to fulfil and obey God’s law – no half measures and no looking back.