Conclusion of the year of religious reform (2 Kings 23:24-23:25)

“Moreover King Josiah put away the mediums, wizards, teraphim, idols and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. He established the words of the law that were written in the book that the priest Hilkiah found in the house of Yahweh. Before him there was no king like him, who turned to Yahweh with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses. Nor did any like him arise after him.”

King Josiah did away with all kinds of mediums and wizards. Now the teraphim was like a lucky charm or a small god that appeared in the biblical literature as in Genesis, chapter 31, when Rachel hid a teraphim under her saddle, or 1 Samuel, chapter 19, when David’s wife used it to trick King Saul’s men. Thus it was common enough as were the other various idols. King Josiah in 1 year tried to right the ship of Judah according to the book or scroll that the high priest Hilkiah found in the temple. He wanted to follow the Mosaic Law. This biblical writer says that no king before him or after him was as good as King Josiah. Remember that this includes the early great kings like Saul, David, and Solomon. There even were a few good kings in Judah over the past 300 years. Normally King David was considered the ideal. Here it is King Josiah.

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