Today we continue in the book of 2 Chronicles. Hezekiah has died and Manasseh is now king.
“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. 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 Chronicles 33:1-2
We learned this same story in 2 Kings. God is bringing good and peace to the land but allows Manasseh to rule with evil for close to six decades. Sure.
“He sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists.” – 2 Chronicles 33:6
Yep, sacrificing your own children in a fire is evil. But let us not forget that God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son as a test of Abraham’s love for God.
“The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. So the Lord brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon.” – 2 Chronicles 33:10-11
God steps in, but remember, God let this evil king rule for 55 years. Ruled for 55 years!
“And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.” – 2 Chronicles 33:13
God could have stopped this evil, but he didn’t. Instead God forgives Manasseh. The most evil character in all the stories of the Bible? That would be God.
“Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem two years He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done.” – 2 Chronicles 33:21-22
Are you fucking kidding me? God says he is bringing in peace but then lets another evil king rule for additional years after the previous evil king ruled for 55 years. God has no intention of bringing peace.
God is not the bringer of peace. He is the bringer of evil. Much evil.
Coming Soon: Nahum – Chapter 1: The Lord’s Anger Against Nineveh