Josiah instituted the Passover observance, set the duties of the priests, and installed the Ark of the Covenant in its place once more. There had not been such a Passover since the time of Samuel!
When Josiah was killed in battle the nation mourned greatly. The chronicler states Jeremiah mourned for Josiah and that the people were still lamenting over his death at the time of his writing many years later. Most likely these were epic songs that the people sang. Josiah was a beloved king whose righteousness rule exemplified Proverbs 29:2.
Does God issue any commands?
- Josiah implemented the Passover as it was given to Moses.
- Pharaoh Necho told Josiah not to meddle because he claimed that God had sent him on a mission of war against Carchemish that needed to be completed in a hurry. Josiah would not listen and was killed.
Does God make any promises?
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- The people put much trust in Josiah and his ability to rule. They were very grieved when he died an untimely death. Generations later, the people put much trust in Jesus and His ability to rule, going so far as to wish him to claim the throne at His first advent. They were very grieved when He died an untimely death. (See also Zechariah 12:10-11.)
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- Perhaps the reference to the mourning over Josiah being killed in the Valley Megiddo is foreshadowing of the battle of Armageddon located in that same valley.