this is crazy
This verse is incredible. Not because it tells some amazing truth about God or his people. But because it is inconceivable to think of the Israelites not having observed the Passover for the entire time of the Judges and Kings.
When reading through the book of Exodus you see how important the Passover celebration is. It becomes the thing that sets the Israelites apart from every other nation.
They have gotten so far from God, his covenant and his ways that they book of the covenant and the Passover aren't even on their radar screen. As I have mentioned in another not titled "framing story," the Passover was the story that framed for Israel who there God was and who they are in light of that.
And who is God? He is a God who redeems and restores what is broken and lost. And who are the Israelites? They are God's treasured possession whom he 'remembers' when they are in need.
The whole story of Josiah is unbelievable. It comes all the way down to the last stretch of the story of Kings to see someone finally get it right, really right. Like all the way right. And all along the way (as also mentioned in other notes) God leaves a lamp in Jerusalem for the sake of his servant David. And though there is no reference to the lamp in this passage, it is clear that Josiah is a light in the midst of a legacy of darkness. And ultimately, he is a christ-like figure. He renews God's covenant w/ God's people. When Jesus comes on the scene he does the same thing in the gospels at the last supper. They are celebrating the Passover and he renews the covenant by saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood..."
All along the way, in every story of scripture Jesus is being foreshadowed, and that's crazy too.
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