II Kin. 21:1-26; II Chron. 33:1-25
Manasseh was only twelve years old when he became king of Judah. His fifty-five year reign was the longest of the kings of Judah. During that time, he became the most wicked of the Judean kings. He rebuilt and restored idols and altars that his father had destroyed. The message that God sent to him through the prophets was, “…Behold, I am bringing such calamity upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle…I will forsake the remnant of My inheritance and deliver them into the hand of their enemies…because they have done evil in My sight…”
It has been said that he had the prophet, Isaiah placed inside a log and sawn in two. Upon being imprisoned in Babylon, Manasseh repented and was returned to his throne. He removed the idols and altars that he had rebuilt and restored worship back to God.
Following Manasseh’s death, his son, Amon reigned as king for two years before being assassinated. During his reign, he continued the evil practices that had been put into place by Manasseh instead of continuing the reforms that his father had restored in his later years.
When one reads of the righteousness of King Hezekiah and the wickedness of his son and grandson, Manasseh and Amon, anger arises over how persons who saw the results of righteous living would turn completely from such a godly example. We need to look into the mirror and judge ourselves according to those two standards. If we see Manasseh and Amon in our lives, now is the time to repent as Manasseh did AFTER God had brought him low during his Babylonian imprisonment by Assyria.