Scripture: 2 Chronicles 35: 20 After all (the religious reforms instituted by King Josiah of Judah), when Josiah had set the temple in order, King Neco of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah went out against him. 21 But Neco sent envoys to him, saying, “What have I to do with you, king of Judah? I am not coming against you today, but against the house with which I am at war; and God has commanded me to hurry. Cease opposing God, who is with me, so that he will not destroy you.” 22 But Josiah would not turn away from him…He did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but joined battle in the plain of Megiddo. 23 The archers shot King Josiah; and the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am badly wounded.” 24 So his servants took him out of the chariot and carried him in his second chariot and brought him to Jerusalem. There he died, and was buried in the tombs of his ancestors.
Observation: Josiah was another of the strong kings of Judah recorded for us. He was faithful to God, leading the people to renew celebration of the Passover meal among other things. However, thirteen years after doing so, he failed to heed the warning of God to stay out of the fight with King Neco of Egypt – and was killed in battle. It was a disappointing ending to an otherwise illustrious life.
Application: Well that sucks. I mean Josiah did everything right, but screwed up at the end of his life – which was then cut short. What’s the lesson here? I’m not sure. I suppose one could say we’re always accountable for our sins even when we’ve led an otherwise faithful life. But that doesn’t feel like gospel to me today. Wish I had something more uplifting to write – but there it is.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, have mercy on us sinners. Amen.