2 Chronicles 33: 1 – 9
There is no cast iron guarantee that your children will share your faith and live as you want them to. You can be an example to them, pray for them, point them in the right direction, and give them an environment in which to flourish spiritually. But if that doesn’t happen, it does not necessarily reflect badly on you, even though the devil will accuse and slander you and tell you that it most definitely does! Godly people can have ungodly children. No doubt Hezekiah’s heart would have been broken if he had seen what this tender plant of boyhood flowered into: an ugly weed of a God-dishonouring life.
He reintroduced all the moral rot and spiritual corruption that had been scoured from the country when GOD dispossessed the pagan nations in favour of the children of Israel (2). The Message. The fact that God had driven out the nations who followed these practices before the Israelites should have been a big clue to Manasseh that he ought not to go down that route. But he did. We can be blind to glaringly obvious lessons. It seems to me that Manasseh was wilfully blind and deliberately deaf. He put in the ear plugs. He did not want to know. He did not learn from the past or listen to the prophets, so he had to live with the punishment God sent him. Some people only learn the hard way. Warren W. Wiersbe: With the Word, p.251.
You can only be faithful in your generation. After you there may come someone who undoes all your good work (3-5). You can’t do anything about that. Just make sure you keep to your lane and run a good race yourself.
He rebuilt the sex-and-religion shrines that his father Hezekiah had torn down, he built altars and phallic images for the sex god Baal and the sex goddess Asherah and worshiped the cosmic powers, taking orders from the constellations. He built shrines to the cosmic powers and placed them in both courtyards of the Temple of GOD, the very Jerusalem Temple dedicated exclusively by GOD’s decree to GOD’s Name (‘’in Jerusalem I place my Name’’). He burned his own sons in a sacrificial rite in the valley of Ben Hinnom. He practiced witchcraft and fortune-telling. He held séances and consulted spirits from the underworld. Much evil – in GOD’s view a career in evil. And GOD was angry. The Message.
Things went from bad to worse under his leadership (7-9). It was an appalling situation.
Manasseh was vile. They don’t come any worse than this man do they? There surely could be no hope for such as him. Well, if you think that, it’s understandable, but you would be mistaken. We are about to witness a miracle. So stay tuned.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that at the darkest hour the daylight can come flooding through.