♣ Earthly or Spiritual Lineage?
“Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, ‘In Jerusalem will I put my name.’ And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. And the carved image of Asherah that he had made he set in the house of which the Lord said to David and to Solomon his son, ‘In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever. And I will not cause the feet of Israel to wander anymore out of the land that I gave to their fathers, if only they will be careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the Law that my servant Moses commanded them.’ But they did not listen, and Manasseh led them astray to do more evil than the nations had done whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel…Amon was twenty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as Manasseh his father had done. He walked in all the way in which his father walked and served the idols that his father served and worshiped them. He abandoned the Lord, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord. And the servants of Amon conspired against him and put the king to death in his house. But the people of the land struck down all those who had conspired against King Amon, and the people of the land made Josiah his son king in his place. Now the rest of the acts of Amon that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? And he was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and Josiah his son reigned in his place.” 2 Kings 21:1-9, 19-26
IT IS STAGGERING to realise that Josiah, one of Judah’s most righteous kings (for those that are familiar with this refreshing account in the midst of a corrupt dynasty), descended from generations of wicked kings, Manasseh being his grandfather and Amon his father. Who would have believed that such a thing was possible? It was nothing but the sheer grace of God that got a hold of his heart, just like with deceptive Jacob or a ‘hell-bent’ Paul.
When it comes to the calling of God, it doesn’t matter who your biological mother and father or grandparents were; it makes no difference as to what lineage or background your descent is, good or evil. It works both ways: good has come about despite a perverse upbringing and evil has oftentimes manifested itself, no matter how moralistic family principles have been. We must always be conscious of the fact that we were all born into sin; that even our best works (according to the flesh) are an abomination in God’s eyes. There is no one who lives righteously. Sin has plagued all of us and either the old Adamic nature will continue to hold us eternally damned, or we shall be made a new creation in Christ Jesus. When we acknowledge and embrace the substitutionary atonement of Christ, we are clothed with His righteousness. That is what placed Abraham on the grounding of God’s righteousness – “Abraham rejoiced to see My day” (John 8:56).
We are all born into the same category of desperately needing a Saviour, no matter how good our upbringing, education and morals; no matter how far we may have stayed clear from a degradative lifestyle. The heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above anything else, despite how ethical we might feel. That may well be the very sealing of our eternal damnation because of the adherence to trusting one’s self instead of complete abandonment to Christ and His righteousness.
When Doreen Irvine was saved and delivered out of witchcraft and prostitution, God impressed on her heart that she was a most chaste virgin. Now, only the grace of God can bring about such a cleansing. Spiritually speaking, that is the exact equivalence to what God has done for us. It is we that degree sin self-righteously. Have we ever been shown our wretchedness in the light of God? No man or woman has, or ever will, stand up in such Light unless God applies the cleansing from the burning altar of Christ’s sacrifice. We do indeed stand by grace alone.
What is our genealogy, where do we come from and what is our confidence in? What are we ashamed of; what do we dread to face and prefer to leave buried? There is no heart purer than the one that has been touched by Christ, the one that has been cleansed and made new by the sheer power and grace of God. Who is there to condemn and who is there to rub our face in shame if God is for us? If God has justified us and has given us a heart of flesh, who are we or anybody else for that matter to resurrect the past when God has declared you clean and granted you a glorious present and promising bright future?
Posted on November 9, 2013, in ♣ Devotional and tagged 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Kings 21:1-9, 2 Kings 21:19-26, born into sin, Christ’s sacrifice, cleansing, corrupt dynasty, devotional, Doreen Irvine, Earthly or Spiritual Lineage?, genealogy, grace alone, heart of flesh, John 8:56, King Amon, King Josiah, King Manasseh, lineage, Mark Anthony Williams, moralistic, righteousness, substitutionary atonement. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.