Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of II Kings Chapter 23
Metaphysically Interpreting II Kings 23:1-20
23:1And the king sent, and they gathered unto him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. 23:2And the king went up to the house of Jehovah, and all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both small and great: and he read in their ears all the words of the book of the covenant which was found in the house of Jehovah. 23:3And the king stood by the pillar, and made a covenant before Jehovah, to walk after Jehovah, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and all his soul, to confirm the words of this covenant that were written in this book: and all the people stood to the covenant.
23:4And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the threshold, to bring forth out of the temple of Jehovah all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the Asherah, and for all the host of heaven, and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el. 23:5And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. 23:6And he brought out the Asherah from the house of Jehovah, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and beat it to dust, and cast the dust thereof upon the graves of the common people. 23:7And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were in the house of Jehovah, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah. 23:8And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba; and he brake down the high places of the gates that were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city. 23:9Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of Jehovah in Jerusalem, but they did eat unleavened bread among their brethren. 23:10And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.23:11And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entrance of the house of Jehovah, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, which was in the precincts; and he burned the chariots of the sun with fire. 23:12And the altars that were on the roof of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of Jehovah, did the king break down, and beat them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron. 23:13And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Sidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. 23:14And he brake in pieces the pillars, and cut down the Asherim, and filled their places with the bones of men.
23:15Moreover the altar that was at Beth-el, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, even that altar and the high place he brake down; and he burned the high place and beat it to dust, and burned the Asherah.23:16And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount; and he sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and defiled it, according to the word of Jehovah which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these things. 23:17Then he said, What monument is that which I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, who came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el. 23:18And he said, Let him be; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria. 23:19And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke Jehovah to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el. 23:20And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there, upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them; and he returned to Jerusalem.
September 7, 1930: II Kings 23:1-3
When are we able to marshal all our faculties into line? When we realize fully that “life is a glorious adventure of the spirit,” we marshal all our faculties into line and dedicate ourselves to the true work of living. In other words, we enter into the spirit of the adventure with keen zest, whole-heartedly determined to get out of it all that it holds for us.
“The king stood by the pillar” while he read the book of the law to the multitude. What is the significance of this statement? A pillar is a support of something great or massive. Josiah (the will to do right) stands by or indorses the universal law of righteousness. The enlightened will strengthens our resolve to keep the law.
“All the people stood to the covenant” that Josiah made with Jehovah. What is meant by this sentence? “People” here represent thoughts, and the statement shows that the will to do right, if it is to be effective, must have the support of the thought life or inmost convictions of man.
In the work we must complete in order to join forces with Truth, does denial form a part? Denial is necessary to the work of clearing the subconscious mind of its accumulation of false standards and mistaken ideas.
Does the reference to “them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven” contain current meaning and application? The reference is applicable insofar as it describes man's allegiance to the merely physical side of life and nature. He is to renounce his allegiance to material things and replace it with the realization of the spiritual law at the center of his being. In so doing he keeps the Passover.
August 4, 1935: II Kings 23:1-5
The name Josiah means “whom Jehovah supports.” What does the fact that Josiah was king of Judah indicate? This name represents man's desire to be true to his highest conception of Truth. That Josiah was king of Judah indicates that the desire to be true is the dominant one in man, at least potentially, and that through realizing it he realizes self-dominion and mastery also.
Are praise and peace (Judah and (Jerusalem) of value to a man in his attempt to displace “seeming” with “being”? Both these faculties are valuable, because they make easier for a man the work of transforming his life.
How does one dethrone the race mind in oneself and become unified consciously with Divine Mind? Through faith in the Christ one reeducates his mind and body in the light of the Christ ideals that he wishes to realize, thus destroying the power of the race mind over him.
June 8, 1947: II Kings 23:1-5
What is signified by the covenant that King Josiah made? An agreement or promise to observe the divine law, reinforced by the will.
What is the first step towards observing such an agreement? Denial of all error and all allegiance to the objects of sense. Josiah cleared the Temple of all appurtenances of the worship of Baal and other idols, and dismissed the priests who had conducted the worship of these false gods.
Metaphysically Interpreting II Kings 23:21-27
23:21And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto Jehovah your God, as it is written in this book of the covenant. 23:22Surely there was not kept such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah; 23:23but in the eighteenth year of king Josiah was this passover kept to Jehovah in Jerusalem.
23:24Moreover them that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the teraphim, and the idols, and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might confirm the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of Jehovah.23:25And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to Jehovah with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
23:26Notwithstanding, Jehovah turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations wherewith Manasseh had provoked him. 23:27And Jehovah said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and I will cast off this city which I have chosen, even Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.
September 7, 1930: II Kings 23:21-25
What false notions do we deny away? We deny away the false notions and worldly standards of justice, mercy, temperance, and love that have claimed our allegiance hitherto (destroy all the altars of Baal and Asherah).
Define the symbolism of the Passover of the Jews. The Passover of the Jews has a deep symbolism. Jesus used the word to represent the freeing of the spiritual man from the dominion of sense. It is part of the inspiration of the Christ mind, a passing over from, or out of, one state of mind into another.
Who is the king by divine right? The king of love is the king by divine right, and shepherds all our thoughts. Josiah was rightfully so named. When man once knows the true flavor of this cup of divine right, he will never thirst for a less satisfying draft. The faithful student who drinks Truth finds that this living water, the clear, active, intuitive power, becomes “in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life.”
June 8, 1947: II Kings 23:21
In obeying the divine law what other step is required of us? We must free our spiritual nature from the dominion of sense (“keep the Passover”). This freeing process involves a passing out of sense consciousness into spiritual consciousness.
Metaphysically Interpreting II Kings 23:28-30
23:28Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 23:29In his days Pharaoh-necoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and Pharaoh-necoh slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him. 23:30And his servants carried him in a chariot dead from Megiddo, and brought him to Jerusalem, and buried him in his own sepulchre. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead.
Metaphysically Interpreting II Kings 23:31-35
23:31Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 23:32And he did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, according to all that his fathers had done. 23:33And Pharaoh-necoh put him in bonds at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem; and put the land to a tribute of a hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold. 23:34And Pharaoh-necoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and changed his name to Jehoiakim: but he took Jehoahaz away; and he came to Egypt, and died there. 23:35And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaoh-necoh.
Metaphysically Interpreting II Kings 23:36-37
23:36Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Zebidah the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. 23:37And he did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, according to all that his fathers had done.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 02-07-2014