Evil influence

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

But they did not obey, and Manasseh misled them so that they sinned more than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed from before the Israelites. 2 Kings 21.9

Judah had good kings and then had bad kings. Hezekiah had been a good king. Hezekiah had been struck with a terminal illness. The Lord sent the prophet Isaiah to tell him to put his house in order. However, the Lord had extended his life in answer to Hezekiah’s prayer for healing.

It would seem that during that last fifteen years, something happened to Hezekiah. When visited by a delegation sent from the king of Babylon, he welcomed them and showed them everything that was in his palace. He was later chastised by Isaiah and told that his descendants would be taken into captivity by the king of Babylon. Hezekiah was only concerned with having peace during his lifetime, 2 Kings 20.19.

During the last 15 years of his life, a son was born to Hezekiah. Manasseh was only twelve years old when he became king. He was a horrendous king. You can read about some of his atrocities in 2 Kings 21.1-7. He had sinned more than the Amorites, the nation that God had given to Israel to conquer. Disaster would befall the kingdom of Judah because of Manasseh and his influence on the people to turn to idolatry.

The people did not obey the Lord. They were influenced by an idolatrous king. Even though one more king would appear who obeyed the Lord, Josiah, the kingdom of Judah is eventually overthrown by Babylon.

Obedience to God is important! Watch who you follow after.

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