Reading today from 2 Kings 19 – 21…
“But they hearkened not: and Manasseh seduced them to do more evil than did the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the children of Israel.” 2 Kings 21:9 (KJB)
Hezekiah the father of Manasseh was a good, and godly king. His son Manasseh turned the hearts of the people of Judah against the LORD, and brought evil worship, idols, and all forms of idolatry into the temple of GOD; profaning God’s temple.
When we read God’s word, and for the time being we have been reading the history of Judah and Israel, and their kings; we find tragedy and triumph, victory and defeat, good and evil, right and wrong. Hezekiah did right in the eyes of the LORD. Manasseh did what was evil in the eyes of the LORD, and brought much evil into the city of Jerusalem.
God had gave them His word, sent the prophets unto them, in His love and mercy, and “…They would not hearken”… they did not listen and heed the word of God.
Evil leadership, just as good and godly leadership does influence nations. The U. S. of A. has been influence by both evil and godly leadership. When a leader calls on Christians to pray for him, her; and defends the Christian’s right to do business in the way they believe, then that leader is a godly leader. When the leader turns people against godly means, and toward godless enterprises then, that leader is evil.
Let me leave you with the words of F. B. Meyer:
“It seems incredible that the good Hezekiah should have had such a son; but the young prince was evidently under the power of that reactionary party which, during Hezekiah’s reign, had been kept in check only by the strong influence of Isaiah. Hence, on becoming king, Manasseh reintroduced the worst forms of idolatry which had disgraced the nations of Canaan and were rife in neighboring countries. It was the height of presumptuous impiety to place an Asherah, such as Ahab made, 1Ki_16:32, in the very precincts of the Temple, and to patronize the Chaldean astrologers who poured into the country from Babylon. See Eze_8:1-18.
Vigorous protests were raised against these shameful abominations by Hosea, Joel, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Isaiah; but in vain. Nothing could stay the mad fanaticism of the people for licentious rites, and their doom became inevitable. The gentle voice of love was of none avail, and the brazen clangor of Babylonian captivity must speak in tones that could not be silenced. For Manasseh’s end consult 2Ch_33:1-25. Surely none need despair, since he found mercy. But alas! nothing can restore the years that the locust hath eaten.” Through The Bible Day by Day F.B. Meyer (On 2 Kings 21:1-15).
O how the Christian of 2018 need so desperately to discern the godly from the evil. Be found daily in God’s word. Hear what He says. Believe in the work of Jesus Christ and follow Him. He died to save us from our sins, was buried carrying our sin, shame, guilt, and condemnation away, leaving them in the depths of the earth, then He rose again conquering sin, death, and hell. He forever lives. He is the King that will and is doing away with all evil.