King Manassah Was an Evil King Ruling For 55 Years

A little girl, with shining eyes and little face aglow, said, “Daddy, it is almost time for Sunday school. Let’s go! They teach us there of Jesus’ love, and how He died that we might all have everlasting life by trusting in Him!” “Oh! no,” said Daddy, “ … More

Disobedience

Manasseh was the longest reigning king. He was 12 years old when he took over and he ruled for 55 years (v. 1). His father, Hezekiah was a great king who led his nation back to serving God. However, as soon as Manasseh got opportunity, he undid everything his father had spiritually tried to do for the nation (vv.  2-7). In fact, he spent most of his 55 years doing evil.

He worshiped idols, tried talking to dead people through witches and sorcerers, he sacrificed his sons as human offerings to idols, he put to death innocent people who challenged what he was doing.  Manasseh was full of pride. He did not have to answer to anyone, nor did he apologize to anyone for the things he did. He could care less about God. God had told David and Solomon many years earlier that Jerusalem belongs to Him and there in the temple he will be worshiped forever (v. 7). He said that if his people would faithfully obey the laws and teachings He gave to Moses he would never again force them to leave the land (v. 8). However these people were more sinful than their ancestors even though the Lord tried to warn them (vv. 9-10).

Application

It is easy to think that once I am saved my life will be full of joy and all my problems will be gone. The Bible says, “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer tribulation."  I need to use I John 1:9 on a regular basis.

 

II Chronicles 33:1-10 (English Standard Version)

Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had broken down, and he erected altars to the Baals, and made Asherahs, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, "In Jerusalem shall my name be forever." And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. And he burned his sons as an offering in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and used fortune-telling and omens and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger. And the carved image of the idol that he had made he set in the house of God, of which God said to David and to Solomon his son, "In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever, and I will no more remove the foot of Israel from the land that I appointed for your fathers, if only they will be careful to do all that I have commanded them, all the law, the statutes, and the rules given through Moses." 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. The LORD spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention.

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