In this daily Bible reading is the account of King Manasseh repenting of his sins against God. The Assyrians had captured Manasseh and taken him to Babylon. In his distress, Manasseh saw the error of his ways and repented. When he returned to Jerusalem he destroyed all of the altars and demonic places of worship. He also restored the implements for worshiping the true God to the Temple.
When Manasseh died, his son Amon became king at the age of 22. Amon was an evil king who restored demonic worship. He was king for two years. His servants killed him. Then, Amon’s son, Josiah, became king at the age of eight years. Josiah was a good king who restored the worship of God.
Josiah was Manasseh’s grandson. Manasseh most likely influenced Josiah to serve God after Manasseh had repented and turned to God. However, Manasseh most likely influenced his son Ammon by Manasseh’s evil deeds while Ammon was growing up.
This event highlights the influence parents and grandparents have on children and grandchildren. Being a parent is a great responsibility. The Bible says that we are to teach our children Bible Truths and set an example for them on how to live their lives. I believe that we parents will be held accountable for the example that we set for our children.
The Bible says that if we abide in Jesus we will bear good fruit. I believe the fruit of our children’s lives will be evidence of our belief or unbelief in Jesus Christ.