Background of King Manasseh
Manasseh was the son of Hezekiah. He was born during the additional 15 years that God gave to Hezekiah after he healed him from an illness. Manasseh did what was evil in God’s eyes. He was the most wicked king of Judah as he killed so many innocent people, that their blood will fill Jerusalem from end to end. King Manasseh built altars to the starry hosts in the two courts of the temple. He put the Asherah pole in the temple. He burned his son to offer him as sacrifice, practiced divination, omens, consulted mediums and spiritists.
God sent his prophets to speak to Manasseh and the people and they did not repent. Therefore, God handed Manasseh into the hand of the king of Assyria. Manasseh was carried away into Babylon with a hook in hisnose, and bronze shackles. Manasseh sought God and asked for forgiveness and repented from his sins. Manasseh prayed for God to deliver him and God brought him back to Jerusalem.
After Manasseh returned to Jerusalem, he rebuilt it and made the wall much higher. He also appoint military commanders in the fortifiead cities. He removed the foreign gods and images from the temple. He had the altar restored and offered fellowship and thanks offerings to God. However, the people continue to offer sacrifices to the Lord in the high places.
What Can We Learn from King Manasseh?
King Manasseh was stubborn and did not want to listen to the prophets that God sent to them. Consequently, God had to punish him by sending the Assyrians to attack Jerusalem and capture him. We must always humble ourselves and obey God. If you are stubborn in your sin, God may sent a calamity on you so that you will repent and turn back to him. If you repent, God will always be ready to forgive you and accept you back. You must confess your sins to God in prayer in order for the blood of Jesus to wipe out your sins.
All kinds of idolatries and witchcrafts are sins. Idolatry also mean things that you put in priority before God. We must stay away from everyting that is idolatry and witchcraft.
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Hebrews 12:6 KJV)
Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. (Deuteronomy 8:5 KJV)
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law. (Psalms 94:12 KJV)
I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. (Psalm 119:75 KJV)
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. (Proverbs 3:11-12 KJV)
Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? (Lamentations 3:39 KJV)
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:19 KJV)
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5 KJV)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10 KJV)
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:14 KJV)