The conclusion of this book is sobering and truly lamentable. After celebrating the Passover Feast like never before under the kings of Israel’s rule, Josiah when hearing of coming judgment turned to the LORD, was then set on pleasing Him (34:27) but the damage had already been done. God assured Josiah that because of his humility, he would not see the captivity of Judah in his life time (34:28).
Even though Judah’s captivity loomed on the horizon and the word of the LORD would be fulfilled, Josiah’s heart was nevertheless bent towards God (35:18-19). The king would die before witnessing the shameful and horrific sight of God’s judgment on the land (35:20-25). Josiah was so loved by Israel that even Jeremiah the prophet lamented his death (35:25).
Unfortunately, the hearts of Israel had gone past the point of no return as the state of their wickedness demonstrated their embrace of the surrounding Nations abominations (36:14). This is clear as they; defiled Gods house (36:14), continually mocked God’s messengers (36:16a), despised God’s words (36:16b), and scoffed God’s prophets (36:16c). This resulted in God’s wrath (specifically the LORD’s wrath) being poured out on His people (36:16d).
This wrath was merciless as the Chaldeans “slew Israel’s young men with the sword”, and no compassion was shown to neither; the sick, the virgin, nor to the elderly. God had absolutely delivered Israel into the hands of foreign kings (36:17).
We can learn many things here and a few are sobering. First, it’s madness to rebel against the great I AM, the Self-existent One. Second, we humans are blind to this doom of madness. Third, when God’s word comes to us it is His mercy for the good of all. Fourth, those who reject the revelation of God Himself will be crushed. Lastly, today is the day to submit to His will.