In 2 Kings 23, we read about a “Man on Fire” and it’s not Denzel Washington starring in a Hollywood movie:

“2 Kings 23:13-15 And the king defiled the high places that were east of Jerusalem, to the south of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. 14And he broke in pieces the pillars and cut down the Asherim and filled their places with the bones of men. 15Moreover, the altar at Bethel, the high place erected by Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, that altar with the high place he pulled down and burned, reducing it to dust. He also burned the Asherah. “

Not only did Josiah tear down all of the high places in his own kingdom of Judah, he destroyed the high place at Bethel that had been erected by Jeroboam the son of Nebat. Jeroboam was the first king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, which by Josiah’s time had already been carried into exile by the Assyrians. It wasn’t enough for Josiah to ensure that there were no temples of false worship in his own kingdom. He went into Israel to tear down their idols as well. In other words, he went above and beyond what was required of him as King of Judah. At this point Josiah was not acting as the King of Judah, but as an ambassador for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He was a “Man on Fire.” What lengths are you willing to go to ensure that the message of the gospel gets to the ends of the earth? Are you willing to give up everything? Josiah was.

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