The passover kept by Josiah. (1-19) Josiah slain in battle.
The destruction Josiah made of idolatry, was more largely
related in the book of Kings. His solemnizing the passover is
related here. The Lord's supper resembles the passover more than
any other of the Jewish festivals; and the due observance of
that ordinance, is a proof of growing piety and devotion. God
alone can truly make our hearts holy, and prepare them for his
holy services; but there are duties belonging to us, in doing
which we obtain this blessing from the Lord.
The Scripture does not condemn Josiah's conduct in
opposing Pharaoh. Yet Josiah seems to deserve blame for not
inquiring of the Lord after he was warned; his death might be a
rebuke for his rashness, but it was a judgment on a hypocritical
and wicked people. He that lives a life of repentance, faith,
and obedience, cannot be affected by the sudden manner in which
he is removed. The people lamented him. Many mourn over
sufferings, who will not forsake the sins that caused God to
send them. Yet this alone can turn away judgments. If we blame
Josiah's conduct, we should be watchful, lest we be cut down in
a way dishonourable to our profession.