Topic: Kings and Prophets of Judah and Israel

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Note: The king Josiah was called out by name some 300 years before his reign:

931 – 910 BC Reign of Jeroboam, King of Israel

I Kings 13:1 And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word (command) of the Lord, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. 2 Then he cried out against the altar by the word (command) of the Lord, and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’ ” 3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign which the Lord has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out.”

4 So it came to pass when King Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, who cried out against the altar in Bethel, that he stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Arrest him!” Then his hand, which he stretched out toward him, withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself. 5 The altar also was split apart, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.

Josiah Reigns in Judah 641-609 BC

II Kings 22:1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

II Kings 23:15 Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the [l]high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he broke down; and he burned the high place and crushed it to powder, and burned the wooden image. 16 As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs that were there on the mountain. And he sent and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar, and defiled it according to the word of the Lord which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. 17 Then he said, “What gravestone is this that I see?”

So the men of the city told him, “It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and proclaimed these things which you have done against the altar of Bethel.”

18 And he said, “Let him alone; let no one move his bones.” So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came from Samaria.


Note: The line of Israel is broken by conquerors. The line of David is unbroken.


Solomon’s reign was the most peaceful due to the wisdom given to him by God. Wisdom makes a man acceptable to his enemies.

Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.


Two kings, one of Israel and one of Judah have the same name, Jehoram, ruling at the same time. Therefore; both kings show up in the same verses causing confusion:

2 Chronicles 22:6 Then he returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds which he had received at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.


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