2 Chronicles 33

In 2 Chronicles 33 Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five. “He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord….he burned his sons as an offering….used fortune-telling and omens and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with wizards. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger”.  Remember that his father was a great king who followed God very well.  So how does this kind of slip happen in the next generation?  Manasseh opposed the reforms of his father Hezekiah and he brought Judah back into terrible idolatry.

Manasseh led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel”.  Just as his father had restored Judah to obedience in a way that hadn’t been experienced in decades, Manasseh leads the people toward evil.  But God brings the Assyrian’s to get his attention and they captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze.  He is in a very bad spot, and like so many of us, he finally comes to the end of himself.  So what does he do?

“When he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly….he prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom”.  Even though Manasseh was a very evil king and had led the people far from God, when he cried out in humility and fell before God, his prayer is heard.  God brings him home and “Manasseh knew that the Lord was God”.  So he has an experience with the power of God and realizes that God was alive and in control.

He restored the kingdom back to some of the ways that his father Hezekiah had led the kingdom to.  But he dies and “Amon his son reigned in his place….he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as Manasseh his father had done”.  Unfortunately the impact Manasseh had on his son early led him to do evil, and unfortunately “he did not humble himself before the Lord, as Manasseh his father had….his servants conspired against him and put him to death in his house”.  Amon didn’t get 55 years like his father.  God removed him in his evil ways.  The people killed those who had killed Amon.  In some way, it could be said that the people of Judah had these wicked kings for more than 50 years because that is what they wanted. God gave them the leaders they wanted and deserved. Now, as the people of the kingdom turned towards godliness, God will give them a better king.

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  1. Thank you, I really enjoy your posts as they are thoughtful and are written with great insight. God bless you for your works. Kathy

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