7 – Josiah’s Leadership
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
Leadership is: a person involved in a process of influencing and developing a group of people in order to accomplish a purpose by means of supernatural power.
“A leader is a person with a magnet in his heart and a compass in his head” (Howard Hendricks)
“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 33:1-2
Live your life the way you want your tombstone to be read.
“He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, following the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altars to the Baals and made Asherah poles. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. He built altars in the temple of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “My Name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” In both courts of the temple of the LORD, he built altars to all the starry hosts. He sacrificed his sons in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. He took the carved image he had made and put it in God’s temple, of which God had said to David and to his son Solomon, “In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my Name forever. I will not again make the feet of the Israelites leave the land I assigned to your forefathers, if only they will be careful to do everything I commanded them concerning all the laws, decrees and ordinances given through Moses.” 2 Chronicles 33:3-8
Walk closely in worship of God and watch out for idols.
“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
“Josiah was eight years old when he became king.” 2 Chronicles 34:1
“He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in the ways of his [ancestor] David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” 2 Chronicles 34:2
1. Seek God first.
“He began to seek the God of his [ancestor] David.” 2 Chronicles 34:3
“Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” Matthew 6:33
2. Take action.
“In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his [ancestor] David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles, carved idols and cast images.” 2 Chronicles 34:3
3. Remain a person of character and integrity.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-26
“After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah marched out to meet him in battle. But Neco sent messengers to him, saying, “What quarrel is there between you and me, O king of Judah? It is not you I am attacking at this time, but the house with which I am at war. God has told me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” Josiah, however, would not turn away from him, but disguised himself to engage him in battle. He would not listen to what Neco had said at God’s command but went to fight him on the plain of Megiddo. Archers shot King Josiah, and he told his officers, “Take me away; I am badly wounded.” 2 Chronicles 35:20-23
- When you think of leadership, what comes to your mind?
- Do you think of leadership as something you could have now or more for when you are older? How does Josiah’s story challenge your leadership thoughts?
- How does character and integrity fit within leadership? Why are these two qualities foundational for a leader?
- What leadership lessons did you learn from Josiah’s life? How could you apply them to your life right now as a middle school student?
- How does Josiah’s life and leadership ultimately point to Jesus? How is He the ultimate leader?