Ancient Paths Title

Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it.  —Jeremiah 6:16


Messenger: King Josiah
Focus: Judah / Jerusalem
Time Period: 640–609 BC

Hilkiah the Priest Reads the Book of the Law



Judah's story was one of wavering between obedience and rebellion. The young Prince Josiah ascended to the crown after his father was murdered. Still in his youth, King Josiah sent orders to begin the process of repairing the temple of the Lord. While restoring the temple Hilkiah the priest stumbled upon the Book of the Law that had been given to Moses from the Lord. At the same time, a prophetess declared certain destruction to Judah for its rebellious idolatry.


When Josiah heard the law he called a solemn assembly, gathering the priests and the prophets, the elders, and all the people of Judah. King Josiah and the people began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of its idolatry for the next five years.


A 31-year period of mercy was given throughout the reign of Josiah. Josiah's repentance delayed the coming judgment and gave Israel more time to repent. God released a revival just prior to the great judgment that was to come to Judah.

“Then the king sent and gathered all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. The king went up to the house of the LORD, with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem—the priests and the Levites, and all the people, great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the LORD.”
—2 Chronicles 34:29–30