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Josiah Righteous King of Judah

King Josiah name means “healed by Jehovah” and during his reign he helped the people to remain faithful to the Lord. Josiah became king at the age of eight. He ruled from the seventh century B.C., which is where he appears on the Bible Timeline with World History. His father, King Amon was assassinated because he led the people of Judah astray.

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When Josiah turned twelve years old, he began reform the land of Judah. He started this reform by removing all of the pagan shrines and temples from the land. He tore down the altars that were dedicated to the pagan deities, and he removed carved idols. This was the beginning of his campaign to remake Judah into a better place for the people to serve God. He didn’t just reform the city of Jerusalem he also reformed other cities and towns such as Ephraim and Simeon.

Josiah also reinstituted the worship services at Solomon’s Temple, which had been abandoned for many years. He appointed Levite leaders and officials to govern the temple and hired workers to restore the parts of the building. He made sure that all of the pagan idols and altars were removed from the temple’s area. During the restoration project, a high priest named Hilkiah found the Book of the Law which was created by Moses.

The high priest then read the book back to King Josiah, who then tore his clothes in despair. The reason he ripped his garments is because he realized that the people were not living in the right way. He then sent Hilkiah and some other officials to find a person who could read the Book of the Law in detail. Josiah’s representatives found a female prophetess named Huldah. Huldah revealed to them that Judah was going to be brought into captivity for their sins. Especially for the sins of Manasseh, who murdered innocent people during his reign. God would not forgive him for committing these acts.

Huldah told Josiah’s officials about the judgments that God was going to bring on the land. She also told Josiah that he wasn’t going to have to experience that ordeal. King Josiah then preserves the discovered Book of the Law. He then throws a spectacular Passover feast that is considered one the best in all of the history of Judah. About this time an Egyptian king named Neco was crossing into a region near Judah’s territory.

For some reason, King Josiah wanted to go to war with him. Neco wasn’t in the area to fight against Judah, and he told King Josiah that he was sent by God to fight against another army. King Neco also informed King Josiah that he should not interfere with his battle plans because the Lord was on his side. Once again, King Josiah didn’t listen to him.

So the two forces went to battle and during the conflict King Josiah was killed by Neco’s archers. The prophet Jeremiah made songs about his Josiah after he had passed. These songs are known as the Lamentations, and they can be found in the Old Testament of the Bible. His son, Jehoahaz becomes the next ruler of Judah. He ruled Judah for 31 years.

Biblical References:

  • 2 Chronicles 34: 1 -2 Background information on Josiah.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 3 – 5 Josiah makes reforms at the age of 12, follows in the ways of King David. Destroyed pagan shrines and idols in Judah.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 6, 7 King Josiah reforms various town surrounding Jerusalem as well.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 8 – 13 King Josiah assigns various positions within the kingdom and made renovations to the temple.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 14 Hilkiah, the high priest, finds one of the books of the Law that was written by Moses.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 18 Hilkiah reads the Book of the Law to Josiah, who then rips his clothes in despair.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 19 -21 King Josiah realized that they had not been obeying God and that the Lord was angry with them for this reason. As a result, he had his priests this book to the people.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 22 – 28 King Josiah’s officials pay a visit to a female prophetess named Huldah. She tells the king that God is going to punish Judah for their sins, but it isn’t going to happen in King Josiah’s lifetime.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 29 -33 Josiah makes necessary reforms.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 1 – 19 King Josiah throws a super spectacular Passover Celebration.
  • 2 Chronicles 34: 20 – 26 King Josiah fights against King Neco of Egypt even though he should not have. God was on Neco’s side, and King Josiah lost his life because he should not have interfered with Neco’s business. The Prophet Jeremiah recorded Lamentation songs about Josiah, and they are found in the Book of Lamentations.
  • 2 Kings 22 – 24: 29 An alternate account of King Josiah’s rule with more detail on certain events that occurred in his life.
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Asa King of Judah Defeats Ethiopians

King Abijam of Judah was the father of King Asa who ruled  from Jerusalem around 900 B.C which is where this event appears on the Biblical Timeline Chart. King Asa was the fifth ruler that was descended from the line of David. King Asa ruled Judah for 41 years and he made it a point to honor God by obeying his commandments. Asa’s name means “healer” or “doctor” and this name reflects Asa’s character and how he corrected a lot of the wrong things in Judah that offended God. King Asa made it a point to remove the pagan shrines that had become a part of their culture that was introduced from King Jeroboam of Israel.

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Ethiopian Warriors

King Asa constantly fought against King Bashaa of Israel during his reign, but he also fought against other enemies such as King Zerah from Ethiopia. The Ethiopians had been interacting with the kingdom of Judah since the time that King Solomon had reigned. Historians claim that King Zerah was taking a large army north of Israel to battle against the Assyrians. King Zerah had probably been conquering and subjecting lands all around him because of the large army that he had commanded. 2 Chronicles 14:9 states that Zerah had marched his million man army into a Judean town known as Mareshah. King Asa found out about King Zerah’s force in Mareshah and took his forces to the town to do battle.

King Asa only had a 300,000 man army and was seriously outnumbered by the powerful Ethiopian force. Asa realized that the only way that he could defeat Zerah was by relying on God. In 2 Chronicles 14:11 Asa prays to God and the Lord answers his request because the Judean king was faithful to him. The forces of Judah moved out against the Ethiopians and God caused them to win. The Ethiopians were being beaten so bad that they had to retreat and when they did the forces of Judah pursued them a great distance to a foreign territory called Gerar. Once the people of Gerar heard about the defeat of the mighty Ethiopian army they feared God and the people of Judah.

After the Ethiopians were defeated King Asa’s men took their abandoned possessions that they had left behind. His forces raided far into Ethiopian territory and took their livestock, cattle and camels. King Asa’s forces had won a great victory because God allowed them to win.

Biblical References

  • 1 Chronicles 15: 11 King Asa made it a point to obey God.
  • 1 Chronicles 15: 12, 13 he removed most of the pagan shrine and got rid of the pagan priests.
  • 1 Chronicles 15: 16 King Asa always at war with King Bashaa of Israel.
  • 2 Chronicles 14: 1,6 God gives Judah ten years of peace because Asa obeyed him.
  • 2 Chronicles 14:9 King Asa and King Zerah prepare for battle in the town of Mareshah.
  • 2 Chronicles 14: 11 King Asa prays for God’s help against King Zerah.
  • 2 Chronicles 14: 12, 13 God gives King Asa’s forces the victory of the Ethiopians.
  • 2 Chronicles 14: 13-15 King Asa’s forces chase the Ethiopians all the way back to their homelands and take their possessions, livestock and camels.