2 Chronicles 33 Outline
– Manasseh became king of Judah at the age of 12 and ruled for 55 years (2 Chronicles 33:1)
– Manasseh worshiped Baal and Asherah poles (2 Chronicles 33:2-3)
– Manasseh built altars to the starry hosts and altars to pagan gods in the temple of The Lord(2 Chronicles 33:4-5)
– Manasseh practiced witchcraft and consulted mediums (2 Chronicles 33:6)
– Manasseh set up carved images in the temple of the Lord (2 Chronicles 33:7-8)
– Manasseh led the people of Judah astray and did more evils than the previous nations (2 Chronicles 33:9)
– God sent the Assyrian soldiers to take Manasseh as captive (2 Chronicles 33:10-11)
– Manasseh humbled himself and repented and prayed to God in his distress (2 Chronicles 33:12)
– God heard Manasseh’s prayer and let him come back to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 33:13)
– Manasseh strengthened Judah after coming back (2 Chronicles 33:14)
– Manasseh removed the foreign gods, images and altars on the temple hill from Judah (2 Chronicles 33:15-17)
– Events of Manasseh were recorded in the books of the kings of Israel and the records of the seers (2 Chronicles 33:18-19)
– Manasseh died and his son, Amon succeeded him (2 Chronicles 33:20)
– Amon was idolatrous (2 Chronicles 33:21-23)
– Amon assassinated by his officials (2 Chronicles 33:24)
– The people crowned Josiah as king after his father, Amon died (2 Chronicles 33:25)
2 Chronicles 33 Summary
Manasseh started to reign when he was 12 years old and he reigned for 55 years. God tried to turn Manasseh’s heart back to him by sending his servants to speak to him and the people but they did not repent.
Manasseh was a very idolatrous king of Judah. He rebuilt the high places Hezekiah had destroyed. He worshiped Baal, Asherah Pole, and sacrificed his sons in the fire. He bowed down to worshiped the starry hosts. He built altars in the temple of God. He set up altars for the starry hosts in both courts of the temple. He put carved images in the temple of God, where God said his name will remain there. He practiced witchcraft and consulted mediums. Manasseh led astray the people of Judah. He did more evils than the Canaanites, who used to occupy the land before the Israelites settled there.
Finally, God handed Manasseh over to the Assyrian forces. The Assyrians came and took Manasseh captive. They put a hook on Manasseh’s nose and bounded him in bronze shackles. In his distress, Manasseh humbled himself and asked God for help. God was moved by his entreaty and he let him come back to Jerusalem.
When Manasseh returned, he rebuilt the outer wall of Jerusalem and he assigned military commanders in all the fortified cities. He eliminated the foreign idols and images from the temple. He removed the altars from the temple hill. He restored the altar and offered fellowship offerings and thanks offerings to God. The people continued to offer sacrifices on the high places to God.
After Manasseh died, his son, Amon succeeded him. Amon did not humble himself like his father, Manasseh but he increased his guilt. He worshiped all the idols that his father, Manasseh had made. His officials plotted against him and killed him in the palace. Then, the people killed those who assassinated Manasseh. They took his son, Josiah, to be king in his place over Judah.
2 Chronicles 33 Bible Study
1. Idolatry and witchcraft invites Satanic influences into your life
Manasseh worshiped various kinds of idols including Baals, Asherah Poles, starry hosts and Molech. He bowed down and worshiped the starry hosts. He also practiced witchcraft and sought the counsel of the mediums. Idolatries and witchcrafts practices open door in your life for Satan to enter into your life. Idolatry is also refer to other things which you have placed in higher priority over God such as watching TV shows, play games, celebrities and etc. Witchcraft refers to any evil thing you done in the eyes of God. For example, cursing people with vulgar words is witchcraft and they can open doors for Satan to come into your life. Idolatry and witchcraft practicers will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).
2. God always forgive those who repent and turn back to him
God handed Manasseh over to Assyria because he did what was evil in his eyes. Manasseh humbled himself and repented while in exile and God allowed him to return to Jerusalem. Anyone who humble himself and calls on God’s name will be saved (2 Chronicles 7:14).