July 26, 2012

203 - Manasseh turns to God.

Kathleen's thoughts

2 Kings 19: 37, 21: 1-24
2 Chronicles 33: 1-25
Isaiah 22: 15-25, 37:38

Manasseh's sinful ways... He was 12 years old when he became king and reigned for 55 years in Jerusalem, and did what was evil in the Lord's eyes. Built altar and worshiped to gods of Baal. Manasseh caused them to stray so that they did greater evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.
How sad is that! Especially when he knew his father served the one and only true God.

God's displeasure Because of Manasseh's sin the Lord God of Israel says; I am about to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that everyone who hears about it will shudder. I will stretch over Jerusalem they will become plunder and spoil to all their enemies, because they have done what is evil in My sight and have provoked Me from the day their ancestors came out of Egypt until today. The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they didn't listen.

Warning to Shebna

Sennacherib's death He was struck down by his sons while worshipping his gods.

Manasseh's sin and repentance He also shed so much innocent bloods that he filled Jerusalem with it from one en to another.. So He brought against them the military commanders of the King of Assyria. They captured Manasseh with hooks, bound hi with bronze shackles, and took him to Babylon. When he was in distress, he sought the favour of the Lord his God and earnestly humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. He prayer to Him so He heard his petition and granted his request, and brought him back to Jerusalem, to his kingdom. So Manasseh came to know that the Lord is God.

His reforms Manasseh removed all the altars of the foreign gods and idols that he had built on the mountain of the Lord's temple and in Jerusalem, and he threw them all outside the city. He then built the altar of the Lord and offered fellowship and thanks offerings on it. He told Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. However, the people still sacrificed at the high places, but only to the Lord their God.

His death Manasseh rested with his fathers, and he was buried in his own house. His son Amon became king in his place

Amon's evil life and death He was 22 years old when he became king. He reigned two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; she was from Jotbah. He did what was evil in the Lord's sight as his father Manasseh had done  He abandoned the Lord God of his ancestors and did not walk in the way of the Lord.
His servants conspired against him and killed him in his own house. He was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza, and his son Josiah became king in his place. 

Josiah becomes king. Then the common people executed all those who had conspired against King Amon and made his son Josiah king in his place.

Psalm 1: 5-6
Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgment, and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.


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