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 the son of Manasseh, a chip of the old block, walking as his dad had done, promoting evil and sin as he saw fit.
Note here the distinction between “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 look at how Josiah was able to escape out from the under the evils of the previous generations.
Both his dad and grandpa lived most of their lives as dark and rotten as you can get. At least one of his uncles was killed in a sacrifice to a false god by his grandfather.
“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.”
Josiah chose to follow the Lord. As his line went back to David, we all go back to God, our perfect heavenly Father. He is the apex of our spiritual heritage, there is none like Him!
But we can be thankful for all involved in our spiritual heritage, those that have gone before.
* Father God,
Thank You for Your faithful saints down through the ages gone, and those to come.
Thank You that through Your gift of faith, we are able reflect Your faithfulness, to be full of faith.
Thank You Lord that You are our heavenly father. That in You life is found, and life to the full!