“Put the holy ark in the house that Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, built. You need not carry it on your shoulders” (v3). Sadly, since Solomon built the Temple, the yearly Passover had not been frequently celebrated. Reforming kings like Hezekiah had tried to re-institute it, but every generation struggled. When Josiah ruled, the ark of the covenant was not even inside the Holy Place; the Levites were told to place it there so that they could help with the Passover sacrifices.
“No Passover like it had been kept in Israel …” (v18). Our historical background and culture can’t save us. Like Josiah, every new generation must embrace God’s ways for themselves.