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Your Overflow shall not be aborted

Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the Lord. Now I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place and on those who live here.’” 2 Chronicles 34:27 & 28

Josiah, however, would not turn away from him, but disguised himself to engage him in battle. He would not listen to what Necho had said at God’s command but went to fight him on the plain of Megiddo.

Archers shot King Josiah, and he told his officers, “Take me away; I am badly wounded.” So they took him out of his chariot, put him in his other chariot and brought him to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried in the tombs of his ancestors, and all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him. 2 Chronicles 35:22-24

Another intriguing story, Josiah the good reforming king had been promised by God that he will not be partake of the planned evil for the land but will die in peace. However he went against Pharaoh Necho in the battle of Carchemish, took a random arrow and died. What a prosaic ending for such a prominent king.

The battle of Carchemish was between the Assyrians and the Babylonians, Egypt was coming to assist the Assyrians.  Assyria has suffered a series of defeats leading to them moving the capital city from Nineveh to Harran and then to Carchemish on the Euphrates. 

Why Josiah felt compelled to fight Egypt is difficult to understand. Perhaps he was duty bound because Judah at this time was probably a tributary of Babylon; Manasseh the grandfather of Josiah was taken prisoner to Babylon for a while. Josiah could have been instructed from Babylon to delay or weaken Egypt.  Another possible reason could be sheer presumption, I doubt this very much.

Whatever his reason was, the Egypt-Assyria alliance was smashed by Babylon, Assyria was destroyed, Egypt broken into insignificance and Josiah was only a collateral damage to the Babylonians. Be careful whose instructions you take.

You shall walk in line with your destiny, you shall not fight another’s battle to your own hurt and you shall not live a life of presumption in Jesus’ name. Your promised overflow shall not be aborted.

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