Many believers say, ….” A Christian president would change things around”
Could a Christian president reverse the coming judgment to America?
Could judgment be delayed if a leader decided to get right with God?
The answer to those questions can be found in 2 Kings, chapter 22, which talks about the most upright leader ever to be mentioned in the bible- King Josiah. With wicked Kings before him, Josiah discovered the torah in the temple, and he was torn over the fact that they were not following God’s instructions. His discovery convinced him that his people were heading in the wrong direction. King Josiah took every measure possible to get rid of the abominations under his rule…..and the question is,…After all those measures that Josiah took, did the Lord pull back His judgement to those people and to the land?
Here are just a few of the measures Josiah took to get right with God.
1. He read the words of the book of the covenant to the people.
2. He made a covenant before the Lord,
a: to walk after the Lord,
b: keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes
- The King commanded the high priest to bring forth out of the temple all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, (Baal trees) and he burned them
- And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom ordained to burn incense and also burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
- He brought out the trees from the house of the Lord, and burned them, and even further stamped the remnants into powder
- He destroyed the houses of the homosexuals that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the trees in the temple.
- He destroyed the additional altars where sacrifices were taking place. The law strictly forbid sacrifices in places other than the temple.
- He defiled Topheth, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.
- He took away the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun and burned the chariots of the sun with fire.
- He removed the altars in the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the Lord.
- He cut down the (trees ) groves that were associated with pagan gods.
- He cut down and burned the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam had made, stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.
- The alters in the cities of Samaria were taken away.
- He slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men’s bones upon them
- The king commanded all the people to keep the Passover
- The workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, ( the images, idols, and abominations were put away.
Verse 25 There no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
26 Notwithstanding the Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.
27 And the Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.
28 Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
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