I have been reading 2 Chronicles lately and I remember before I began reading this chapter I was filled with anxiety because its one of the history type books. Because I knew it had like a billion names I could not pronounce and thought it was going to have very little spiritual bang! Well, there were a lot of names I could not pronounce but I yet again found out God knows what he's doing and Kyle should just read and obey! I am stiff necked sometimes even though I know God's word does not return void......Anyways, it is rich with characters and as I now sadly leave 2 Chronicles I am struck by the last king Eliakim whose name was changed by Nebuchaadnezzar (now he needs a name change) and he put him into power. The thing that hit me this time was how he did evil in the sight of God and how all of kids did evil in the sight of God. Even little Jehoiahcin "did evil in the sight of the Lord". The boy is eight and already evil (what a contrast to Timothy!). Then Nebuch.... puts his kinsman (a relative) in power and he is evil. God even "sent word again and again"...but no change so finally the Chaldeans came over and slew everyone! This theme of 'monkey see monkey do' ran through out 2 Chronicles. For the most part Good kings breed good kings and Bad Kings breed bad kings. Periodically, a bad king would have a son who was a good king and he would break the mold! What a blessing to see God's plans in work in these big kingdoms and to know we can break the mold of generational sin by obeying his word. Oh to be like Josiah and to hear the words of the Lord read from the lost tablet and to become radically altered! To just change from a good king to a Godly ...God fearing Man. Its so cool to see that Wayne and I can break the trend of generational sin (multiple divorces, babies out of wed lock, alcohol, drugs, jail I could go on but really...). So, praise God our kids do not have to deal with that junk like little Wayne and Kyle did! We even have a chance of making a Timothy (maybe more like a Timona...) by the grace of the living God!
So I just wanted to thank God for His book...His radical wonderful historical book!