Saturday, February 07, 2009
Josiah II Chronicles 35
II Chronicles 35:1 "Moreover Josiah kept a passover unto the LORD in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month."
The passover represents the deliverance of the firstborn while the children of Israel were in Egypt. Blood from the lamb was splashed on the door post and mantle. This prevented the death angel from entering. The passover also represents the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.
Josiah honored this command to observe and remember how God had made a way for their deliverance.
v6 "So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses."
v11 "And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them." It reminds us of the suffering of Christ as they beat him with the cat of nine tails.
v20 "After all this when Josiah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Charchemish by Euphrates: and Josiah went out against him."
There was some talk between the two kings where Necho warned Josiah to stay out of the war which did not concern him but Josiah remained to help Charchemish. Josiah was injured and later died at home.
v23 "And the archers shot at king Josiah and the king said to his servants, Have me away; for I am sore wounded.
So Josiah was taken home before the people were taken into captivity. It was the promise God had made to him, that he would not see the judgment to come.
Psalm 95:1 "O come let us sing unto the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."
Josiah observes the passover and later dies in battle.