It sure seems like he did. See this passage:
After Josiah had done all this for the temple, King Necho of Egypt marched up to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River. Josiah marched out to oppose him. Necho sent messengers to him, saying, “Why are you opposing me, O king of Judah? I am not attacking you today, but the kingdom with which I am at war. God told me to hurry. Stop opposing God, who is with me, or else he will destroy you.” But Josiah did not turn back from him; he disguised himself for battle. He did not take seriously the words of Necho which he had received from God; he went to fight him in the Plain of Megiddo. 2 Chron 35.20-22
It’s not terribly unusual for God to speak to pagans, even foreign kings. But this is a twist: a foreign king speaking the word of God to a king of Judah. One supposes that if God can make a donkey can speak to a prophet, he can make a pagan king speak to his anointed one.
It could have been through a dream. Apparently, the Chronicler has Spirit inspiration behind him to confirm that it was God who spoke to Necho. But how would Josiah have figured that out? What expectation would he have that this pagan ruler was actually bringing him a revelation from God? It’s a passage that puzzles me.
Got any perspectives on it?
Did you even know he was the Lord’s prophet? It is likely that if you knew you would be one of the few who would recall it. He was the Lord’s prophet who served during the days of King Jehoshaphat and King Ahab (2 Chronicles 18). On one particular occasion the king of Israel (Ahab) desired to have Judah’s king go with him into battle; the Judean king was willing, but sought guidance from the Lord. The king of Israel knew what this meant, and was a bit reluctant (18:17).
Christians are to take a stand. It seems like this should be well understood, but I am afraid that is not so. Before one can take a stand, however, there is need for an approach to life that is higher than one’s own. http://www.rv85.net/take-a-stand/
I cannot help but to think about a sad occasion in Scripture. Josiah was king over Judah, Jeremiah was already preaching the Lord’s “old paths,” and the majority of people were not really all that interested in the Lord’s way. It was during the eighteenth year of Josiah as king over Judah that he commissioned the restoration of the Temple complex. During that restoration project, “…Hilkiah the high priest said to Shapan the scribe, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord’” (2 Kings 22:8, NKJV). Each time I read this portion of Scripture I feel it is warranted to write something on it.
The fact the High Priest found the book is remarkable of itself; that it was found in the Temple is doubly remarkable. How could the “Book of the Law” had been lost in the first place, unless respect for it was long gone? When people lose respect for the Lord’s way, then the Lord’s word no longer finds a home in the only place it desires to rest (cf. Colossians 3:16). That the “Book of the Law” was found in the Temple that needed restoration was an indictment no person could fail to miss. Not only did the temple need restoration, but so did the religion of the nation. More than that, however, so did those in religious authority.
In our day, we have something similar when congregations (with the Lord’s name associated with it) have “church” in a bar or when churches who call themselves Christian no longer pay any attention to the Lord’s way, but want to install (and do) females as preachers and/or elders. When members of a congregation insist on doing what they want done, rather than doing what the Lord wants done respect for the Lord and His word is long gone.
Restoration of the Lord’s way is ever an on-going occurrence. RT