Started Fresh Again

I entered the most important years of my life. In 2011, I received the title “Grandmother!” My children watch everything I say and do – so does my granddaughter, Olivia! We think our influence ends when our children are grown. It never ends.

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They recorded every deed a king did, good or evil, in “The Chronicles of the Kings of Israel,” (2 Chronicles 33:18 The Message). The Modern English Version calls it “The Annals of the Kings.” They read this book to each new king, who learned the stories of their ancestors.

Manasseh and Amon were evil kings. How did Josiah turn out so well? He looked back 16 generations and followed the steps of King David.

These are the 16 generations between King David and Josiah:

  1. King David – 2 Samuel 5:1-4.
  2. Solomon – 1 Kings 1:39.
  3. Rehoboam – 1 Kings 14:21.
  4. Abijah – 1 Kings 15:1.
  5. Asa – 1 Kings 15:9.
  6. Jehoshaphat – 1 Kings 23:41.
  7. Jehoram – 2 Kings 8:16.
  8. Ahaziah – 1 Kings 8:25.
  9. Joash (or Jehoash) – 2 Kings 11:12.
  10. Amaziah – 2 Kings 14:1.
  11. Azariah (or Uzziah) – 2 Kings 15:1; 2 Chronicles 26:3.
  12. Jotham – 2 Kings 15:32.
  13. Ahaz – 2 Kings 16:1.
  14. Hezekiah – 2 Kings 18:1.
  15. Manasseh – 2 Kings 21:1.
  16. Amon – 2 Kings 21:19.

2 Chronicles 34:2, “He behaved well before God. He kept straight on the path blazed by his ancestor David, not one step to the left or right.” The Message

God Gives Second Chances!

Manasseh was a grandfather when he repented and turned his life around. Chronicles 33 adds to his story.

2 Chronicles 33:10-13, “When God spoke to Manasseh, …they ignored Him. (11) Then God directed…the king of Assyria to come after Manasseh. They put a hook in his nose, shackles on his feet, and took him off to Babylon. (12) Now that he was in trouble, he went to his knees in prayer asking for help – total repentance before the God of his ancestors. (13) As he prayed, God was touched, God listened and brought him back to Jerusalem as king. That convinced Manasseh that God was in control.” The Message

His conversion was real. His deeds proved it, (2 Chronicles 33:15-16).

  • Did a good spring cleaning of the Temple.
  • Carted out the pagan idols and goddess statues.
  • Dumped the altars he had set up outside the city.
  • Put the altar of God back in working order.
  • Restored worship and sacrifices.
  • Ordered the people to serve and worship the God of Israel.

Josiah went further in his “spring cleaning.” He went throughout the Israelite territory, (2 Chronicles 34:3-31).

  • Sought the God of David his ancestor.
  • Got rid of the sex-and-religion shrines, Asherah groves, god and goddess figurines.
  • Wrecked the Baal shrines and tore down their altars.
  • Scrubbed Judah and Jerusalem clean – inside and out.
  • Cleaned up the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Repaired God’s Temple.
  • Read publicly everything written in the Book of the Covenant.
  • Committed himself to the Covenant.

My children picked up good things from my parents: love of God, attending Bible School, playing guitar for worship, a leader in the church. They also inherited both my grandfather’s love of farming. I pray they stay on the “straight and narrow path.”

2 Chronicles 34:33, “Josiah did a thorough job of cleaning up the pollution that had spread throughout Israelite territory and got everyone started fresh again, serving and worshipping their God. All through Josiah’s life the people kept to the straight and narrow, obediently following God, the God of their ancestors.” The Message

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