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Bad Daddy

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2 Kings 21:19 - 22:2  “Bad Daddy”

Manasseh’s reign was full of evil – but the tide turned and he found himself in need of no other God but Jehovah:

·      Wretched men received by God’s amazing grace!

2 Chronicles 33:10–16

10 And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen.

11 Therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon.

12 Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,

13 and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom.

Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.

14 After this he built a wall outside the City of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate; and it enclosed Ophel, and he raised it to a very great height. Then he put military captains in all the fortified cities of Judah.

15 He took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the Lord, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord and in Jerusalem; and he cast them out of the city.

16 He also repaired the altar of the Lord, sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it, and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel.

 

1 Kings 18:21   And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

·      Three classes of people in this account and in the world:

1.   The devoted servants of the Lord  (Elijah alone)

2.   The decided servants of the Devil  (450 prophets of Baal)

3.   Those who have yet to decide either way  (the vast majority of those everywhere)

 

19 Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned two years in Jerusalem.

His mother’s name was Meshullemeth the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah.

20 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done.

21 So he walked in all the ways that his father had walked; and he served the idols that his father had served, and worshiped them.

22 He forsook the Lord God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the Lord.

Ezekiel 18 Rule:

·      Godly Fathers may raise ungodly sons and may also raise godly sons.

·      Wicked Fathers may raise godly sons and also may raise ungodly sons.

Ezekiel 18:4 (HCSB)
4
 Look, every life belongs to Me.

The life of the father is like the life of the son—both belong to Me.

The person who sins is the one who will die.   [1]

 

Amon learned nothing from his father except the paganism.

·      Learning what to do

·      Learning what NOT to do

 

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” 
― 
Benjamin Franklin

 

Jeremiah 4:22 (HCSB)
22  
“For My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good.”

 

23 Then the servants of Amon conspired against him, and killed the king in his own house.

24 But the people of the land executed all those who had conspired against King Amon. Then the people of the land made his son Josiah king in his place.

·      Political parties existed then as well.

·      The populace would not suffer through the King Amon’s party would choose.

·      They murdered the murderers.

 

25 Now the rest of the acts of Amon which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

26 And he was buried in his tomb in the garden of Uzza.

Then Josiah his son reigned in his place.

·      Nothing remarkable except his sin, his evil heart

·      Standard verbiage regarding a forgettable King.

 

2 Kings 22:1–2

1 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem.

His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.

·      Josiah was next to the youngest king in Israel.

o  Joash was seven when he began to reign (2 Kings 11:4);

o  Manasseh was twelve.  [2]

·      Jedidah [jəˊdə] (Heb. y̱eîâ “beloved”). The mother of King Josiah of Judah; daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath (2 Kgs. 22:1).  [3]

o  Adaiah = “Jehovah has adorned Himself”.   [4]

 

2 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

·      a.m. 3363–3394. b.c. 641–610. Josiah. This prince was one of the best, if not the best, of all the Jewish kings since the time of David. He began well, continued well, and ended well.    [5]

 

Deuteronomy 17:11   According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you.

 

2 Kings 23:25    Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him.

 

At the age of 16 Josiah rededicated his life to the Lord

At age 20 he put actions to his new heart and mind toward the Lord.

2 Chronicles 34:3–7

3 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images.

4 They broke down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and the incense altars which were above them he cut down; and the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images he broke in pieces, and made dust of them and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them.

5 He also burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.

6 And so he did in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali and all around, with axes.

7 When he had broken down the altars and the wooden images, had beaten the carved images into powder, and cut down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem.

 



[1] HCSB Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. 2009. Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.

 

[2] Dake's Annotated Reference Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments of the Authorized or King James Version Text.

[3] Allen C. Myers, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987), 557.

[4] James Strong, Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon (Woodside Bible Fellowship, 1995).

[5] B. Blayney, Thomas Scott, and R.A. Torrey with John Canne, Browne, The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, vol. 1 (London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, n.d.), 271.