February 27, 2018

2 Chronicles 33:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.But he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; he raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden images, and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. He also built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem shall My name be forever.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger. He even set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I have appointed for your fathers—only if they are careful to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.” So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.

Background

After the good king Hezekiah passed away, his son, Manasseh, became king of Judah. Remember that Hezekiah ruled a long time and sought the LORD faithfully. He walked in the ways of David and set Judah along the Way as well.

Seduced By Their Leader

So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil

The people of Israel listened to their king and not the King of Kings. As King, he was able to manipulate the people to turn from the LORD. It probably wasn’t that hard. We are naturally inclined to sin because we are born into it.

It’s even easier when someone in power – someone we respect – leads us down that path. Manasseh reigned fifty-five years. He was doing something right in the people’s minds. They probably respected him and were happy with him. Even though he led them astray. When we are complacent with ourselves and our leaders because it feels good or “makes us happy” then we usually end up turning from the LORD.

Choosing our leaders in many countries today is considerably easier than it was then. But can be even easier to choose the one who would seduce us away from God. When we elect our leaders, we are driven to choose those who make us happy. If we are not seeking the LORD ourselves, then it is our flesh which will determine our desires and our happiness. This will so easily lead to choosing leaders who will drive us away from HIM.

Daily Challenge

Set your mind on the LORD, that your desires will be His desires. That your joy comes from the Hope in Christ. When we make important decisions about how our lives are led, seek ye first the Kingdom of God. This will bring joy.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.