2013-03-18 - What Would a Concerned Citizen Say?
He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger. (2 Kings 21:6)
King Manasseh of Jerusalem was very young, when he took over the throne. A 12-year-old isn't that concerned with running a country, as running a race with his friends. Is his age an excuse? He ruled until he was 55; that's 43 years of influence and power. All I know is, I don't want to be like Manasseh. We do not need another ruler like him. Let his life be an example of what not to do.
The king worshiped idols, murdered innocent people, and even sacrificed his own child. He practiced black magic and listened to fortune tellers and wizards. Due to Manasseh leading the people into idolatry, God would bring evil to Judah and my dear Jerusalem. This type of horror would be so gruff, that when people hear of it, their ears would twinge with terror. I had no idea how to escape the terror.
When Manasseh died, his son Amon took over the throne and followed in his father's evil ways. Although destruction was a part of these rulers' reign, thankfully it wasn't for the next king, King Josiah. Manasseh's grandson revered the Lord, and it showed.
Lord, May I listen to You, even if it isn't what the majority is doing. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Think of a person in authority at the local, state, or federal level - and pray for him or her.