Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Prostitution, idols to other gods, incense burning to a multitude of gods, priest dedicated to the worship of strange gods in the temple, the practice of witchcraft, channeling (also known as mediumship or spiritism) and the sacrificing of children, by burning them, were among the horrific practices of Israel when Josiah became king. (2 kings 22-23)
How had Israel fallen so far from the grace of God? They had rejected God and misplaced their bible. They had tossed out the very word of God, as if it was garbage. They no longer had any use for it.
Israel had entered a time of darkness much like our own. We now have a society that has rejected God and the bible is treated like it’s a work of fiction. Its rules, commandments, code for living, and guidance in all matters are no longer applicable.
Today we have prostitution, drug addiction, and in this year we’ve had almost 40 million abortions; in the United States 22% of all pregnancies end in abortion. (http://www.worldometers.info/abortions/).Slavery exist all over the world, in the form of human trafficking, where children and woman are either kidnapped or bought from poor parents and kept worst than cattle. They are sold into prostitution, used in pornography (remember pornography is protected as free speech) and when they are no longer of use resold for body parts. In our generation, with the United Nations firmly established and active throughout the world we have seen in different locations government sponsored genocide, wars and acts of aggression. We are living in a time of darkness right now.
In Josiah’s time the nation of Israel was spared complete destruction for only one reason. They rediscovered God’s word and turned to it with all sincerity. They put away all their evil practices and obeyed God. I truly believe that God is merciful and if our nation can rediscover God it would bring down a shower of blessings that would benefit both great and small. It is still not too late for a revival. We can begin with caring for our neighbors, sharing God’s love and preaching His word.