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The significance of Josiah's reforms



THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JOSIAH'S REFORMS
The centralization of worship in the Jerusalem temple led to the purification of Yahwism.

The priests at the countryside became dissatisfied because they lost their jobs.

The reforms also led to “classism” among the priests, that is the elite who monopolized worship in Jerusalem.

It also re-established the religious and political independence of Judah and Israel from Assyrian domination.

It marked the end of the dominant influence of foreign culture and religious practices in Israel.
Finally the Passover and the Sabbath were celebrated in Jerusalem. 

On the whole, the reform was based on the conviction that unless the people of Judah repudiated the syncretism, Judah would suffer the same calamity as the Northern kingdom.

However, the reforms were not thoroughly successful. It led to hypocrisy and false security. Emphasis shifted from true spiritual renewal of the covenant to external or outward show. 


MORAL LESSONS OF KING JOSIAH'S REFORMS

Moral Lessons
1.            Christian leaders must trust in God alone.
2.            Christian leaders need to purify the worship of God.
3.            Christian leaders must avoid religious syncretism.
4.            Political independence must go hand in hand with religious independence.
 
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