Excerpt from An Exposition of the Bible, Vol. 4: A Series of Expositions Covering All the Books of the Old and New Testament; Jeremiah-St. Mark
But at the end of that period, circ. B. C. 608, an event occurred which must have Shaken this faith to its foundations. In the thirty-first year of his reign, Josiah fellin the battle of Megiddo, while vainly opposing the small forces at his command to the hosts of Egypt. Great indeed must have been the searchings of heart occa sioned by this unlooked-for and overwhelming stroke. Strange that it should have fallen at a time when, as the people deemed, the God of Israel was receiving His due at their hands; when the injunctions of the book of the Cove nant had been minutely carried out, the false and irregular worships abolished, and Jerusalem made the centre of the cultus; a time when it seemed as if the Lord had become reconciled to His people Israel, when years of peace and plenty seemed to give demonstration of the fact; and when, as may perhaps be inferred from Josiah's expedition against Necho, the extension of the border, contemplated in the book of the Law, was considered as likely to be realised in the near future. The height to which the na tional aspirations had soared only made the fall more disastrous, complete, ruinous.
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