Read II Kings 21 -- 23:20
Evil reigns of Manasseh and Amon; Josiah's good reign; Book of the Law discovered; true worship restored; idolatry destroyed
Hezekiah was one of the best kings in the history of Judah; but his son Manasseh was wicked, even more sinful than Hezekiah's father Ahaz, who had closed the Temple (see II Chronicles 28:24). Manasseh did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations (detestable practices) of the heathen. . . . And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the House of the LORD. And he made his son pass through the fire (threw him into a raging fire as a sacrifice to the Canaanite god Molech) . . . he wrought (did) much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger (II Kings 21:2-6).
Because of Manasseh's wickedness,
After Manasseh's death, his son Amon reinstated all the wicked, idolatrous practices of his father's earlier reign (see 33:22). And he . . . served the idols that his father served, and worshiped them (II Kings 21:21). This points out the irreversible law of sowing and reaping: Be not deceived; God is not mocked . . . whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption (destruction); but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:7-8).
By the prophets (II Kings 21:10). God, who . . . spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son (Hebrews 1:1-2).
21:3 the host of heaven = the whole array of heavenly bodies -- the gods of the Assyrians; 21:6 observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits = practiced witchcraft, fortune-telling, devil worship, black magic; 21:12 ears shall tingle = will be astonished with horror; 23:17 title = monument, grave marker.
Pray for Country:
Memory Verse for the Week: II Timothy 3:16