Wednesday, May 23, 2012

2 Kings 21 & 2 Chronicles 33 - Like Father, Like Son?

LINK: 2 Kings 21 & 2 Chronicles 33 (read over the next two days)

BACKGROUND

Manasseh of Judah - 2 Kings 21:1-18, 2 Chronicles 33:1-20

Reigned: 697-642 B.C. for 55 years, vice-regency under his father, Hezekiah, 11 years (697-686 B.C.)

Character: Bad 

Manner of death: Natural 

Hezekiah's godliness did not influence his son, Manasseh, who followed the ways of his grandfather, Ahaz, by rebuilding the high places his father had removed and reintroducing abominable practices that lead Judah into a downward spiral (2 Kings 21:3; 2 Chronicles 33:3). His most serious sin was sacrificing  his sons (2 Chronicles 33:6). 2 Kings 21 records that Manasseh repented after suffering a humiliating imprisonment by the King of Assyria. He set about reforms, but he allowed the people to sacrifice on the high places as long as they were to the God of Israel. Despite this, he is still considered one of Judah's "bad boys."

Amon of Judah - 2 Kings 21:19-26, 2 Chronicles 33:21-25

Reigned: 642-640 B.C. for 2 years

Character: Bad 

Manner of death: Murdered by servants

Manasseh's son, Amon, did "evil in the eyes of the LORD, as his father Manasseh had done" and was assassinated by his own officials, but the people killed those officials and put the next GOOD, eight year old king on the throne: Josiah. 

But before we get to Josiah, we are going to read through the prophets during this time: Isaiah, Micah, and Nahum. 

Stay Tuned!
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