Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.
In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the Lord, saying, “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money that has been brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people. And let it be given into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord, and let them give it to the workmen who are at the house of the Lord, repairing the house (that is, to the carpenters, and to the builders, and to the masons), and let them use it for buying timber and quarried stone to repair the house. But no accounting shall be asked from them for the money that is delivered into their hand, for they deal honestly.” II Kings 22:1-7
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of Abraham, his servant,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones! Psalm 105:1-6 ESV
Many years ago, before there was TV or the internet, people liked to go to see movies and shows for fun. There were some beautiful theaters to go to, especially in big cities. In Brooklyn there was a magnificent place called Kings Theatre. It was built in 1929 to resemble the French Palace of Versailles or the Paris Opera House, and it had high curved ceilings and plush seats and tapestries and marble stairs. At first it hosted live performances, but when the Depression hit, it became a movie palace, with a screen and a projector for showing movies. Kings Theatre stayed open until 1977, showing movies and sometimes live shows as well, but then it closed its doors. The theater couldn’t compete with the TV, which people stayed home to watch more often than they went out to the movies. Over the years leaks caused damage to the beautiful plaster, and thieves broke in and stole glass chandeliers, carpeting, and tapestry. But in 2013 a two-year effort began to restore Kings Theatre to its original glory. Now it’s open again, and people can go there to see concerts and shows once more.
When a very young king named Josiah came to the throne in the southern kingdom of Judah, there had been two bad kings before him who had not worshiped the true God, but instead had led the people away from the Lord into false worship. But Josiah wanted to bring his people back to the true God and to lead them in serving him. One thing Josiah did was to repair the beautiful temple that Solomon had built. It had once been a magnificent place to worship God, but now it had become broken down and badly in need of repair. The temple had been neglected for many years because people gave their time and attention to other gods and goddesses and neglected the Lord and his house.
We all have turned away from God and neglected him and his ways. Our lives were broken and ruined because of our sin and rebellion, and there was no way we could repair our lives by ourselves. So God sent Jesus to be our Savior. Jesus came to die on the cross for us so that our sins could be forgiven, and he brought us back to worship and serve the Lord. He sends us his Holy Spirit to heal and repair our broken lives and to help us follow God and his ways.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us Jesus to save us and to repair our broken lives. In His Name, Amen.