Amon reigned in the place of his father, Manasseh, after his death. He only reigned two years, and was evil. He served all the idols his father had served, and forsook the Lord God of his father’s. His servants conspired to kill him in his own house. The people of the land killed the conspirators, and then made Josiah, Amon’s son, king in his place.
Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. Josiah did what was right in the Lord’s sight. He walked in the ways of David and did not deviate.
Here is a poignant picture of the grace of God. God has already pronounced judgement on Judah, which will come, but even though Amon was evil and only lasted two years as king, God gave a child a reprieve from the judgement when he became king. God knew his heart, and allowed him a long reign. As will be born out in the next passage, Josiah brings great reform in Judah. The moral of the story: No matter what tough, evil place you may come from, or in which you find yourself today, God’s grace can elevate you to a place of influence, and He can bless you in spite of your current situation. Trust in the Lord!