Week 23   Day 3


Everyone honored Hezekiah

            except his son 

Manasseh brought dishonor

            on his father.




            king at age 12 

            reigned 55 years 

            undid all the religious reforms of his father 


           a teenager into witchcraft 

           reestablished idol worship 

           sacrificed his own sons to the gods 

did more evil than those

with no covenantal history 

wouldn't listen to God until . . . 

            he really got backed up

            against a wall 

then he humbled himself

            and prayed 

God forgave and took him back


            to Jerusalem

            and his position

            as king.




                           A JAILHOUSE CONVERSION
Captured, bound and hooked, Manasseh repented and prayed.
                                  II Chronicles 32 & 33


     33Hezekiah rested with his fathers, and they buried

him in the upper tombs of the sons of David; and all Judah

honored him at his death.  Then Manasseh his son reigned

in his place.  1Manasseh was twelve years old when he

became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.

     2But he did evil in the sight of the Lord.  3He rebuilt

the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken

down; he raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden

images; he worshiped all the host of heaven and served

them.  5He built altars for all the host of heaven in the

two courts of the house of the Lord.  6He caused his sons

to pass through the fire.  He used witchcraft and sorcery. 

He did much to provoke the Lord to anger.  9Manasseh

seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do

more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed

before the children of Israel. 

     10The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they

would not listen.  11Therefore the Lord brought upon them

the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took

Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and

carried him off to Babylon.  12When he was in affliction,

he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly, 

13and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard

his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into

his kingdom.  Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.

     14After this he built a wall outside the City of David and 

raised it to a very great height.  He put military captains in

all the fortified cities of Judah.  15He took away the foreign

gods and the idol from the house of the Lord, and all the

altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord. 

    16He repaired the altar of the Lord, sacrificed peace

offerings and thank offerings on it, and commanded Judah

to serve the Lord God of Israel. 

    20When Manasseh died, his son Amon reigned in his

place.  Amon was twenty-two years old when he became

king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem.  22But he did

evil.  23He did not humble himself, but trespassed more

and more.  24His servants conspired against him, and

killed him in his own house.  25Then the people of the

land made his son Josiah king in his place.
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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