Josiah’s reform was like a wedding. Jeremiah’s concern was with a marriage. It was a great achievement to repudiate Manasseh and establish the people in covenant with their God; but it was a lifelong career to embrace God’s love and walk in his ways. The people celebrated Josiah’s reform; they ignored Jeremiah’s preaching. It is Jeremiah’s lifelong achievement that the soggy religious mush of the masses never dulled his perceptions nor muted his insistent witness.
Eugene H. Peterson, Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best, 70.