Righteous Zeal

Then Josiah looked around, and when he saw the tombs that were there on the hillside, he had the bones removed from them and burned on the altar to defile it, in accordance with the word of the LORD proclaimed by the man of God who foretold these things. 2 Kings 23:16

This is a king who means business. After Josiah destroyed all of the physical evidence of other-than-God-worship, he went to the graveyard and dug up those who were buried there. He removed the bones and had it all destroyed.

The last few devotionals has touched upon the removal of our own idols within our own reach. There’s something about Josiah’s actions that goes even deeper. His love for God and not wanting to keep anything that would hint of defiling God or His name is commendable. His zeal for righteousness and is second to none.

Josiah’s zeal resembles that of Jesus when He cleaned out the temple courts ((John 2:13-18).

Often we find ourselves being against things, when we would be better off being for things. Ask God to help show us how we can demonstrate that zeal for Him.

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