Archive for June 13th, 2015

2 Kings 21

2 Kings 21 has the new king on the throne.  Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. Remember that he was following Hezekiah who did what was right in the sight of the Lord.  Manasseh turned the other way as “he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”.  It amazes me how short people’s memories are.  They had just experienced some great years under Hezekiah and now the very next king – his very own father – is completely ignored and the new king, a twelve year old son, goes 180 degrees the other way.

We need to remember that Hezekiah did make a mistake toward the end of his reign that explains this turn of events.  Remember that he had basically given away the information about the financial well being of his country, and the Babylonians were going to take it away.  That led to God’s frustration and anger with him.  So it shouldn’t be too surprising that Manasseh would go astray.  And he did – “he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah”.

So what did God do? “He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger”.  God is not happy.  He had given direction to His people many generations before, to David and to Solomon his son.  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”. The power of leader to influence people to do good or evil is amazingly strong.  Leaders must be careful to walk carefully with the Lord.

God says “I am bringing upon Jerusalem and Judah such disaster that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle”.  God is going to hold them accountable.  He says “I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria, and the plumb line of the house of Ahab….I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down”.  God has a requirement, and He measures people against it.  If we don’t measure up, we’ll fall short of His measurement and without a Savior, we’ll fail the test and not be able to spend eternity with Him.  God has a plumb line for our lives just like He did for the people of Judah.

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