Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Holy King Josiah
Acrylic on wood panel and 23K gold leaf

Josiah became king of Judah at the age of eight, in 641 B.C., and reigned for 31 years.

In the eighteenth year of his rule, Josiah ordered the High Priest Hilkiah to renovate the temple. It was during this time that Hilkiah discovered the Book of the Law. High Priest brought this scroll to Josiah's attention, and the king ordered it read to the people of Jerusalem.

Josiah encouraged the exclusive worship of Yahweh and outlawed all other forms of worship. As a result of his leadership the entire population of Judah turned against the false priests and pagan altars. Spurred by Josiah, the people thoroughly purged their land of every kind of idolatry.

Josiah was righteous in a time of wickedness. His righteousness was unsurpassed by any king before or after him.

 (1, 2, 3)

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