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2 Kings 21:1
Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. His mother’s name was Hephzibah.
The scripture says starting in the next verse through verse six that he, Manasseh, was the most wicked king in Judah’s history. Yet his father, Hezekiah, was a good man who made one mistake that God judged him for, but not in his lifetime. What could have turned a twelve-year-old boy so diabolical?
Before Hezekiah died, Jewish history has it that Isaiah went to Hezekiah and said, “After you die, your son will choose a false prophet who will have me killed.” Hezekiah heard it and wept. But the very thing Isaiah prophesied to Hezekiah came to pass. The false prophet had Isaiah sawn in two and said that if he recanted his prophecies and his love of God, Manasseh would relent. Manasseh watched as Isaiah said not a word, yet spoke with the Holy Spirit until he died. “Can You Believe This?” Here’s a question to ponder this AM. Was the boy possessed of the enemy at a young age, or had his mother somehow so turned against her husband that she corrupted Manasseh’s young mind. I believe it must have been the latter. Like never before in history, we parents must daily raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
This AM, I am humbled as I study your word and the history that surrounds it. Lord, I ask that my children and their children would always put You first in everything they do. Amen