Week 20   Day 4



   Patience often implies a perseverance of waiting

                         for someone to come

                         or for something to change 


                         most people do not admit to patience 

                         as a strong quality in their lives 


                         perhaps many do not want patience 

                         seeing it as wasted time

                         or being taken advantage of 


                         yet patience is named as one 

                         of the fruits of the Spirit 

                         an example of the presence of God 


                         patience does not imply a waiting forever 

                         but a holy perseverance 

                         for one to come or a heart to change 


                         God is patient with us 

                         a quality we cherish about God 

                         and worthy of nurturing in ourselves 


                         God is not slow 

                         God is patient

                                    wanting everyone to come

                                    wanting every heart to change






                                           "SON OF AHAB"
Hezekiah tore down the pagan altars; Manasseh rebuilt them.
                                           II Kings 20 &  21


     20The rest of the acts of Hezekiah--his might, and how he

made a pool and a tunnel and brought water into the city--are

they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings?  

21Hezekiah died.  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.  2He did evil in the

sight of the Lord.  3For he rebuilt the high places which

Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal,

and made a wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done;

and 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 made his son pass through the

fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted

spiritists and mediums.  7He even set a carved image of

Asherah that he had made, in the house of which the Lord

had said to David and to Solomon, "In this house and in

Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel,

will I put My name forever."

     10The Lord spoke by His servants the prophets, saying,

11"Because Manasseh has done these abominations (he

has acted more wickedly than all the Amorites who were

before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols),

12behold, I am bringing such calamity upon Jerusalem and

Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle. 

    13"I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of

Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab; I will wipe

Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside

down.  14So I will forsake the remnant of My inheritance and

deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall

become victims of plunder to all their enemies."

     16Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till

he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another. 18Manasseh

rested with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own

house.  Then his son Amon reigned in his place.

     19Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king,

and he reigned two years in Jerusalem.  20He did evil in the

sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done.  23Then

the servants of Amon conspired against him, and killed the

king in his own house. 

    26Then Josiah his son reigned in his place.
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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