2 Kgs 21:1-26
After Hezekiah died, Manasseh his son, reigned in his stead. We immediately see from this passage the further implications of Hezekiah’s extra fifteen years (check yesterday’s post). Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king of Judah, this means that he was given birth to in the last fifteen years of Hezekiah (let’s remember that God gave him an extra fifteen year when he prayed to recover from his sickness).
Manasseh was however everything his father was not. He became a new reference for sin, idolatry and evil in the land. He undid all the good works his father had done. He built the high places again, made idols of the host of heaven and also built altars for them in God’s house. He made his son pass through fire, observed times, used enchantments, consulted with familiar spirits, and generally seduced Judah to idolatry.
Manasseh’s acts really provoked God to anger, and he pronounced judgement on Judah and Jerusalem. The people would fall to their enemies because of their sins, and their land would be taken from them. God had great expectations of his people, having delivered his laws unto them, but at this point, they had committed even greater attrocities than the people whom God drove away to give his people the land.
Do we take care to fulfil God’s expectations for our lives, or are we living the same kind of lives his enemies live?
Some verses to remember
2: And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
11-12: Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols, therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle.