Josiah called everybody up to the temple and read the Book of the Covenant to the people. He renewed the covenant and the people pleged themselves to it. Now it was time to go to work. The high priest was ordered to remove the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts from the temple of the Lord. They were burned outside Jerusalem and their ashes taken to Bethel. The pagan priests who used to burn incense on the high places to Ball, the sun, the moon, to the constellations and all the story hosts had to go. The Asherah pole from the temple of the Lord was burnt, ground into powder, and scattered in the cemetary. He demolished the apartments of the male shrine prostitues in the temple of the Lord where women did weaving for Asherah.
Josiah brought all the priests and desecrated all the high places. He broke down all the shrines. These priests didn’t serve at the temple, but they did eat of the unleavened bread of the temple and so they were probably fired. He desecrated Topheth so nobody could sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire to Molech. He took away the horses dedicated to the sun and he burned the chariots dedicated to the sun, too. He pulled down the altars used by the past kings, smashing them to pieces, he threw what was left into the Kidron Valley. (There is alot of significance there, but I’ve not the time to specify it.) The king also desecrated the high places south of the Hill of Corruption that Solomon had built to Ashtoreth, Chemosh, and Molech, the gods of the Sidonians, Moabites, and Ammonites, respectively. He smashed the sacred stones, cut down the Asherah poles, and covered the sites with human bones.
He destroyed the altar at Bethel, ground it to powder, and burned the Asherah pole, too. (Asherah must have been pretty popular.) He noticed a cemetary not far away, so he took the bones from that and burned them on the altar to defile it – in accordance to … wait for it … what the man of God had said about a righteous ruler who would one day come, and that is what Josiah did. He even noticed the tomb of the man of God and those bones he left alone. Josiah did the same thing in Samaria, put an end to the priests and defiled the altars. Then and only then did he go back to Jerusalem. For some reason, after Samuel was replaced by Saul, the Passover was failed to be celebrated, so it was celebrated traditionally.
But Josiah wasn’t quite finished yet. He got rid of the mediums, spiritists, household gods, idols, and whatever else was required of the law, he did it. I like this verse, so I’ll write it verbatim: ‘Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did – with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strengh, in accordance with the Law of Moses. However, even with all that Josiah had done, The Lord was still angry.’ Doom was still coming. Some years later, Josiah was killed when he met the Pharoh Neco in battle who had gone to help the Assyrian king. Josiah’s servants brought him from Megiddo (Nearly a dozen battles have been fought there, and one is still to come!) to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. The popular choice for king was Josiah’s son. Jehoahaz was anointed and made king in place of his father. After three months, this king who did evil in the eyes of the Lord, was captured by Pharoh Neco and made to pay taxes before he was killed. A couple of kings later, Nebuchadnezzar – Nebby to fans of Veggie Tales, invaded the land. The doom had finally come.