Manasseh, Encourager of Evil

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2 Kings 21:1-16, 2 Kings 23:26-27, Jeremiah 15:1-4, 2 Chronicles 33:10-17

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Manasseh reinstituted the evil practices that his father, Hezekiah, worked to remove from Judah, including corrupt religious practices and social injustices. Though Manasseh later repented, God still promised to bring about the exile of the people of Judah because of Manasseh’s personal sin and the sin he led the people of Judah to commit.


Where do you see God’s presence in Manasseh’s story? 

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  1. Kristen From Cali says:

    Christine L
    I was feeling exactly the same way. It seems that there is evil, then Good, then evil and the Lord just keeps bringing them back.It would have been so confusing during those times. We see this today in the world, this is why bible studies with other Christians is so important so that we can be removed from the evil in the world and surrounded by the Lords will.

  2. Amy EB says:

    Reading about these kings who did evil and led the people in doing evil and who also are in the genealogy of Jesus, I’ve been thinking about how not only did God show them mercy if they did repent, He shows us all his mercy by making his plan for our salvation bigger than any one individual. What if the plan for Jesus coming to Earth could have been stopped by the failures of one person? What if God saw Manasseh’s behavior and said that’s it, I’m done with these people, no more messiah coming from this lineage. Thankful for God’s faithfulness even when people are unfaithful.

  3. Chelsea Wilson says:

    God is the God of second, third, fourth, etc. chances. As many times as Manasseh ignored God, he was not given up on by God. When Manasseh finally asks God for forgiveness and turns from the evil practices, God was there to help him restore the pieces that had been broken so many times. I know I shouldn’t be shocked, but I am so shocked that this was Hezakiah’s son! Manasseh grew up during a time where the people were worshipping to God alone, but Manasseh wanted to go back to the old ways. It reminds me that we can raise our children in an environment that is honouring to the Lord, but sin can still have its will and way! As much as I never want my children to stray from the Lord, stories like this remind me that it is out of my control, but redemption is also possible! I must give my children to the Lord and trust Him completely!

  4. Teresa Donley says:

    @Leslie Schell. Thank you for sharing those lessons learned from this reading. They are all important lessons that we need to remind ourselves of often.

  5. Tami C says:

    Manasseh was like his evil grandfather Ahaz- even sacrificing his own children. Pure evil and so far removed from the will of the Lord. BUT God! When Manasseh earnestly repented, God forgave him and Manasseh was transformed into a new creation. Just like Jesus does for us!!! No matter how bad, how ugly, how sinful we have been, He is always waiting with open arms. I read that his mother was the daughter of Isaiah so growing up he must’ve been surrounded by positive spiritual influences. Those seeds planted by his parents and maternal grandfather finally took seed. This gives me hope as a parent and encourages me to keep speaking into my children even when I see no signs of them turning to the Lord.

  6. Leslie Schell says:

    Some lessons …. (Found with help online )When we do wrong, we also influence others to do wrong.

    God Works Mercifully in our Lives, Even in our Wrongdoing

    There are Consequences for our Sin and Stubborn Pride

    No matter where we are at spiritually, we can always turn our hearts to God and receive His wonderful mercy.

    When we do wrong, we need to take action to repair and do right.

    “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” – Psalm 103:10

  7. Mackenzie Mahdasian says:

    Amen!

  8. Terri Baldwin says:

    Manasseh humbled himself greatly, praying and beseeching God for mercy and grace. It was his point of conversion. “Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God” (v. 13).

  9. Terri Baldwin says:

    King Manasseh will go down in biblical history as a shining example of the power of God to forgive. His is a life that gives encouragement to the worst of sinners as well as to those who are praying for them. It shows just how far God will reach to save someone. There is no one that is unimportant to Him. The same willingness and power to forgive that evidenced itself in the life of Manasseh is available to anyone who comes humbly in the same manner through faith in Christ and His mighty work on the cross.

  10. Terri Baldwin says:

    I wonder if the words of martyred Isaiah echoed even more clearly to the heart of Manasseh: “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, neither His ear heavy that it cannot hear…” (Isa. 59:1). How true it was in his life, and how true it has proven to be in the lives of a countless multitude who have been redeemed by God.

  11. Terri Baldwin says:

    It sure does!

  12. Terri Baldwin says:

    I agree!

  13. Sheila Wilson says:

    Ramona this is what struck me too! As soon as he repented God was ready to forgive and.bring him back into the fold. ❤️

  14. Ashley Jennings says:

    That’s what I thought too, it feels like a mirror looking into our world now in some cases

  15. Linda J says:

    For me, a key lesson from the “bad” kings is that we as believers must have a firm grasp on what we believe. I’ve often wondered why the people would follow the king into evil practices and false worship. I think we have a responsibility to recognize false leaders especially in the current environment. Thankfully God is faithful to forgive Manasseh and me but much suffering could have been avoided by those who held fast to their faith.

  16. Aimee D-R says:

    Gad was there, angered but never turned away. In the end, His Grace and Mercy still avail at repentance. But so does His judgment. He is Just and Truth.

  17. Jeanie Mclellan says:

    Amen

  18. Kristine Loughman says:

    There is so much back and forth with these kings. This one was terrible and led the nation astray. The next one loved God and set everybody on the right path. But his son was awful and made things even worse than before. Then he finally repented and things are moving in the right direction again. It’s exhausting! And the people they are trying to lead probably have whiplash, never knowing what god they are going to be asked to sacrifice to.

  19. Judy says:

    I am so grateful to be doing this study. Again we are reminded how patient our Father God is with us. Time and time again we stumble and sin. We forget our God and try to do things our own way. But he is so eager to forgive us and set our lives back on the right path. Forgiven and in a right relationship with him once more. How I love our wonderful Father God

  20. Ashley White says:

    It is sad and today we have the same thing happening with our leaders.

  21. Ashley Banks says:

    I am struck by the fact that Manasseh was twelve when he began to rule. At first I kept thinking about how young he was; then I remembered Jewish culture. Twelve is the age of Manhood (bar-mitzvahs for boy happen at 12)
    This made me think of my kids. What would I change in my parenting if I had to prepare my 7yr old to rule a country in 5 years.
    As a pastor I also considered the burden of Hezekiah. How much time and effort must have gone into changing the spiritual direction

  22. Lois East says:

    ♥️

  23. Claire says:

    This is odd to see so few comments. I have chosen not to do this study but come on a couple of times a week to see how everyone is and check for prayer requests.

    When we do this type of study with no devotional guidance I just do not get as much out of it. I will be back for Romans.

  24. Stacey Pittsinger says:

    I wondered about that too. I wondered if he had a regent.

  25. Erica Chiarelli says:

    It’s sad to see how much these kings didnt follow God, and it led the people to do terrible things against God. People in leadership must be careful how they lead! What you do, how you lead is important!!

  26. Adrianne says:

    I see our God in his acceptance of Manasehh’s prayer for help. The Lord could have left him to a horrible fate, but he helped him get back to his people. In his return from captivity Manasehh tried to make up for his evil actions. That says a lot about our God and how He wants us to turn to and return to Him irregardless of circumstances.

  27. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Manasseh’s story is a hard one, yet God’s longsuffering and mercy are in full display in it. Full-throttle rebellion against the Lord and his father lead to the whole nation quickly being lead astray. While each of us has a choice whether to follow God’s ways or Satan’s, the influence of our leaders (government or church) can be skew or sense of righteousness and justice.

    VICTORIA E – prayers for your situation at work

  28. Rhonda J. says:

    Today’s scripture was not posted until past noon today is why not many comments here! A few were posted on HRT this morning.

    Have a great holiday wkd here in the States!

  29. Donna Wolcott says:

    Very strange only 3 comments. Where is everyone? Have a wonderful 4th and safe travels for any going on vacation!

  30. Donna Wolcott says:

    I wonder because of his age how much of his actions came from those who surrounded him for advice. What of his mother? God was definitely kind.

  31. Linda Waters says:

    It’s so discouraging to see the son of such a righteous king be so evil. It struck me today that’s why God didn’t want them to have kings like the other nations. He is their King!

  32. Ramona says:

    What a forgiving God we have.