The most stunning result of this man is in 2 Chronicles 34:33 (here @ Bible Gateway). Those who had followed his father and his grandfather in evil, the people of Judah, did not turn from following the Lord all of the days of Josiah’s lifetime.
Leadership is important. I have enjoyed greatly listening to the late distinguished professor of history J. Rufus Fears. One maxim that he repeats several times is that a statesman has four essential characteristics:
- Bedrock core principles.
- A moral compass.
- A clear vision.
- Ability to build a consensus to reach that vision.
That begs another question. How did a man with both a corrupt and evil father and grandfather turn out so well?