2 Kings 23: 15-24
2 Chronicles 34: 33
Jeremiah 7: 1-34, 8: 1-22
Birth of Ezekiel 622 BC
Josiah's reforms Josiah destroyed all which was evil and provoked the Lord. He also removed the shrines of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the Lord. He slaughtered on the altars all the priests of the high places who were there, and he burned human bones on the altars. Then he returned to Jerusalem.
In addition Josiah removed the mediums, the spiritualists, household idols, images, and all the detestable things that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. He did this in order to carry out the words of the law that were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the Lord's temple.Throughout his reign they did not turn aside from following the Lord God of their ancestors.
Jeremiah preaches in the Temple This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord. Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord and there call out this word; hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who enters through these gates to worship the Lord.
This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says; Correct your ways and your deeds, and I will allow you to live in this place. Do not trust deceitful words chanting. This is the temple of the Lord.
The people's disobedience However I did give them this command; Obey Me, and then I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must walk in every way I command you to that it may go well with you.
BUT THEY DID NOT LISTEN!
This is a nation that would not listen to the voice of the Lord their God and would not accept discipline. Truth has perished - it has disappeared from their mouths. Cut off the hair of your sacred vow and throw it away. Raise up a dirge on the barren heights, for the Lord has rejected and abandoned the generation under His wrath.
Vengeance threatened.Bones to remain unburied
The people's stupidity
The alarm of invasion
The thought and contemplation.
Israel;s greatest sin was that of idolatry - replacing the true object of worship with one which made lesser demands. But God will brook no rival in His universe, and therefore idolatry must be removed. If we don't get rid of the idols in our lives by our own volition, then we give God no other option than to topple them Himself.
"Now the works of the flesh are obvious...idolatry, sorcery Gal 5: 19-20.