“None of the kings of Israel had kept such a Passover as was kept by Josiah” (v. 18). When one dives deeply into the holiness of God, repents, and is made new, celebration is in order. Because Josiah understood the gift he had been given, he threw a party like no other. A quick math calculation reveals that 41,400 animals were slaughtered for the Passover!
There is a pattern in Josiah’s life that must be noted. He tore his robes upon hearing God’s word. He repented profusely over his people’s disobedience. But then he rose to his feet, gathered the people, and celebrated profoundly. Such is the pattern for the believer. It should never be rushed and never be forced. Rather, when our eyes are unveiled to our wickedness and then we drink deeply of a grace that stretches as far as the east is from the west, our bodies can’t help but stand up straighter and our lips can’t help but have an upward turn. Praise the Lord!
How can you more fully cultivate in your life the pattern of mourning that turns into joy?