2 Kings – Chapter 21: Manasseh King of Judah

Today we see a new king, Manasseh, who was the son of Hezekiah, the king who died in the last chapter of 2 Kings.

“He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.” – 2 Kings 21:2

This king did evil, but does it really matter? Hezekiah did good in the eyes of the Lord and God had some of Hezekiah’s family taken away.

“He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists.” – 2 Kings 21:6

Don’t get me wrong, this king is an asshole. My problem is God doesn’t treat the good kings any differently than the bad kings!

“Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.” – 2 Kings 21:12

God is going to punish ALL of the people for the evil deeds of one. Sigh. Another example that God is unjust.

“Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years. His mother’s name was Meshullemeth daughter of Haruz; she was from Jotbah. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done.” – 2 Kings 21:19-20

I didn’t mention it above, but Manasseh reigned for 55 years. This was a king who did so much evil that God was disgusted, but God does nothing. He lets Manasseh live for 55 years after taking over. Next up is Amon, another evil king. He only ruled two years. But where is God? If God was caring, he’d step in and help, not allow two evil kings to rule for 57 consecutive years.

That concludes this chapter. God loves you and says he is bringing peace, but allows evil to reign for 57 years. A loving god? Hardly.

Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 32: Sennacherib Threatens Jerusalem

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