In 2 Kings 22-23 and 2 Chronicles 34 we read about Josiah. As I read about him, I noticed a number of similarities between Josiah and Jesus.
Josiah means Jehovah has healed. I could quote many scriptures, but Matthew 9:35 says, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”
Josiah’s reign began he was eight years old. Also, Josiah began to seek God in the eighth year of his reign. Eight is the number of new beginnings or new creation. Speaking of Jesus, Revelation 21:5 says, “And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.” Also, the gospel of John starts like Genesis, indicating that Jesus was the start of a new creation.
It was in the 12th year of Josiah’s reign that he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of its idols and false worship. Luke 2:41-52 tells us that when Jesus was 12 years old he went to Jerusalem with his parents for a feast. But, when they left, he stayed behind in the temple among the teachers. The passage says, “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers…And he said to them, ‘Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’” This was the start of Jesus teaching the wisdom of God and destroying the idols, places of worship, and strongholds in our minds.
Josiah did not just destroy the idols and false worship in Jerusalem, but he went throughout Jerusalem, Judah, and Israel. But, he never went outside Israel. Jesus went through all Jerusalem, Judah, and Israel as the gospels show. But, like Josiah, he did not go outside of Israel.
Josiah restored the Law that was found buried in the temple. In Matthew 5-7, Jesus gives us his law and says all that love him will obey his commandments.
After finding the law, Josiah made a covenant with the Lord and all the people joined in the covenant. In Luke 22:20, at the last supper, Jesus says, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
After making a new covenant, Josiah held a Passover. There had been no Passover like the one held by Josiah since the time of the judges. Jesus was crucified as the lamb of God on the Passover, keeping a Passover like the world had never seen before.
I am sure there are many more similarities and all could be explained in more depth, but this is what stood to me this morning.