Josiah was eight years old when he became king, 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 sight of the LORD, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. (2 Kings 22:1-2)
Josiah was the last great king of Judah, and starting at eight years old he proved to be a king which followed The Plow all his years. As is the case with the life of The Plow Josiah was able to initiate a revival of the spiritual lives of the people he had influence over: in his case the people of Judah. The kingdom was at a low spot and only a man who challenged the normal way of life could have did what he was able to do in his thirty-one years on the throne.
2 Kings 22 and 23 detail many of Josiah’s accomplishments, made possible by his life following after The Plow. The temple was thrashed by his grandfather Manasseh who was the worst of all of Judah’s kings. Manasseh had all kind of idols set up in the temple and the temple came under disrepair. Josiah repaired the temple and returned it to its function as set up by the hand of God (2 Kings 22:3-7). What man destroys the Almighty can restore if the person is committed to the life of The Plow. If your life is a shadow of its former self or is in not in line with the will of God it surely can be revived. What you need to do is seek The Plow and allow the LORD to plow over the old and create a new, fruitful life after the will of God.
In 2 Kings 22:8-20 Josiah’s life is altered for the better as the Word of the LORD is found amongst the ruins of the temple. Nothing transforms the life than the Word of God put into action. The life of the Word is the life of The Plow. The Word of God is read to Josiah and his reaction was of repentance for himself and for the kingdom of Judah, for he then understood the way of the LORD. Josiah then seeks God as to what his next move should be – he seeks The Plow because he knows change is required, and no matter how painful it may be he was going to follow The Plow. The word came from the prophet, and the word was Josiah’s reign will be blessed because he humbled himself and followed The Plow, but the kingdom will sure fall after his lifetime because the nation did not seek after the LORD.
Josiah then renewed the covenant between the people and God (2 Kings 23:1-3). The narrative outlines the religious and cultural reforms made by Josiah in his willingness to go against the normal life and embrace The Plow (2 Kings 23:4-20 and 23:24-27). Josiah also instituted the feast of Passover as directed by the Word of God (2 Kings 23:21-23).
2 Kings 23:25 describe the life of Josiah, the man after the plow:
Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him.