Manasseh repented in his final years. His son Amon, however, took his father’s earlier and long set example. It is a wonderful example of God’s grace that the son of someone like Amon, Josiah, should burn so brightly with living faith.
“He abandoned the LORD, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the LORD.”
Amon was a chip off the old block, but not off the older blocks.
The son of Manasseh walked as his dad had done, promoting evil and sin as he saw fit.
It’s important for us to do as God’s word does here, and make a distinction between the father and “fathers”.
We have many earthly fathers in the faith. They have walked and taught faithfully from the bible, calling God’s people to repentance and belief.
And it puts away the idea that we cannot escape the evils of the previous generation.
Look at Josiah, Amon’s son. Both his dad and his grandpa lived most of their lives as dark and rotten as you can get. At least one of his uncle’s had been sacrificed by gramps. What a guy!
But Josiah chose to follow the Lord.
“And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.”
As Josiah’s line went back to David, we go back to God, our heavenly perfect Father. He is the apex of our spiritual heritage, there is none like Him!
But we can be thankful for our spiritual heritage, those that have gone before.
Praise God for His faithful saints down through the ages gone and to come!