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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
God forgave and took him back
and his position
A JAILHOUSE CONVERSIONCaptured, 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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