Jehoshaphat’s son was evil, and his son was evil. 2 Chronicles 22:3 says that his mother advised him to do wickedly. Then there was Joash. He was seven years old when he became king. He was greatly influenced by a godly priest named Jehoiada. King Joash set his heart to repair the temple. When Jehoiada died, the leaders of Judah spoke to the king. They all forsook the Lord and served wooden images and idols.
Joash’s son reigned in his place. 2 Chronicles 25:2 says, “And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a loyal heart.” Then his son became king. He was very innovative. He outfitted his army, and they made slings to cast large stones. 2 Chronicles 26:15 says, “…for he was marvelously helped till he became strong.” Verse 16 says, “But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction…” His son was a good king. 2 Chronicles 27:2 says, “…But the people acted corruptly.” His son was evil and made molded images for the Baals. Then there was his son, Hezekiah.
Hezekiah was a great king. He had the temple cleansed, and he restored temple worship. 2 Chronicles 29:10 says, “Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us.” It does not matter what our bloodline sins are. We are responsible for our actions. We cannot blame them on anyone, nor any circumstance. Our heart’s stewardship is our own. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? Matthew 15:19 says, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…”
The great news is called salvation, which sets us free from our slave-block of sin. Renewing our mind is what keeps us free. It does not matter what circumstances we have been raised in, nor what bloodline sins were passed down to us. We have a new path through Christ’s righteousness that was imputed to us.
Psalm 85:13 says, “Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.” At salvation we are given the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. He is our Teacher/Guide who will lead us into paths of righteousness for His name sake. Let us be quick to rise up and follow His leading.