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Josiah, the Eight-Year-Old King

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God’s Word Will Never Pass Away  

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your word.
Psalm 119:9

(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Chronicles 34:1—35:19) Josiah was only eight years old when he became king of Judah, and at that time (when they had about 39 kings among the divided kingdom of Israel and Judah) he was arguably the best. He followed God because he wanted to follow in the ways of his father David. At the age of sixteen he began to destroy all the idols in Judah, and then ten years later he began to restore the temple. It was then that they found the book of the law. When Josiah read it, he was aware on how bad God’s people have become. Josiah spent his life bringing the people of Judah back to God. The word of God will last forever, and no matter what our actions are of how bad we become, God will always pursue us and His word will always be with us.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Matthew 5:17–20. Though Amon forgot the Word of the Lord and it was lost for a season, God ensured that it would not be lost for good. It was God’s mercy to allow Amon to be killed and young Josiah to be made king. It was God who gave Josiah a heart for righteousness, and it was God who led him to preserve the Word of God and the promise of a coming deliverer, Jesus. Jesus is called “the Word” in the Gospel of John. God in his faithfulness would not let his Word pass away because his Word is all about his Son, Jesus. The Word of God describes the sinfulness of man and the promise of redemption by God through Jesus. Not the smallest portion of God’s Word will pass away until it is accomplished.


Josiah Promises to Follow the Lord

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God’s Word changes our lives

Key Verse:

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”
2 Timothy 3:16-17

(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Chronicles 34) Josiah began his rule when he was just eight years old! He likely had people advising him because of his young age. His advisors must have led him well because he followed in the footsteps of his great grandfather Hezekiah by obeying the Lord. At 26 Josiah decided to repair and restore the Temple, which had been turned into a house of idolatry by his father Manasseh. It was during this cleansing that the book of law was found. When Josiah had it read to him he was greatly disturbed, because they did not know God’s Word. Josiah decided to follow God and share with the people the word as well. As a result the people changed and began to follow the true God and worship Him!

Tell about something you’ve learned from the Bible. Why was that lesson important to you? New knowledge about God is powerful. Discuss how reading the Bible and learning about God can change people. Throughout the week, encourage each other to read the Bible to continue learning God’s important lessons.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
If you don’t already have one, pick out an edition of the bible that your whole family will understand and enjoy. Take turns each night after dinner reading out loud for a few minutes; then answer three simple questions: What does that passage say about God? What does this passage say about me? What Does this passage say about those I love?