Day 27

Manasseh, Encourager of Evil

from the reading plan

2 Kings 21:1-16, 2 Kings 23:26-27, Jeremiah 15:1-4, 2 Chronicles 33:10-17

Start each day by reading the passages listed above. Then use the summary and reflection provided here to guide discussion around the daily reading.

Manasseh reinstituted the evil practices that his father, Hezekiah, worked to remove from Judah, including corrupt religious practices and social injustices. Though Manasseh later repented, God still promised to bring about the exile of the people of Judah because of Manasseh’s personal sin and the sin he led the people of Judah to commit.

Where do you see God’s presence in Manasseh’s story? 

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5 thoughts on "Manasseh, Encourager of Evil"

  1. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Good morning guys, sorry to invade your space but the SRT site does not (yet) have today’s readings.

    Manasseh’s story is a hard one, yet God’s longsuffering and mercy are in full display in it. Full-throttle rebellion against the Lord and his father lead to the whole nation quickly being lead astray. While each of us has a choice whether to follow God’s ways or Satan’s, the influence of our leaders (government or church) can be skew or sense of righteousness and justice.

    VICTORIA E – prayers for your situation at work

  2. ERB says:

    Good Morning all!!

    Thank you MARIA BAER for pointing out that He’s had today’s reading!! And thank you KELLY (NEO) for opening up the comments here!!

    May we all feel the presence and breath & life of God in our day!! Amen.

    2 Kings21:1-2
    **so interesting how the Lord allows evil to reign.. and reign for so long!! Evil may think it has conquered and vanquished, but it NEVER does/will!! Nothing can happen without God’s permission. He allows dross to boil and come to the surface so that things are revealed and made clear.. and so that nothing remains but refined-by-fire true and faithful PURITY and integrity. Quite awesome to think about!! Thank You God for Your faithfulness!!

    2 Chronicles 33:10-17
    **such a cool and awesome testimony!! Repentance is an AMAZING thing!! It changes the current course and completely redirects it!! From a hard unyielding heart to a humbled and penitent one!! Manasseh did a complete 180!!! He was one way, then he was the opposite.. and the thing that happened in between was God!!! God ALWAYS makes Himself known, we just have to be willing!! Let us always be humble and willing, and let us always place our hope and trust in God alone!! Amen.

  3. Kristen says:

    ERB, amen! 21 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
    God is Sovereign over all! His purposes and plan will never fail. On the SRT page, Sally B pointed out how merciful God can be when we repent. She wrote that if only our nation would repent, humble ourselves, and seek His face. May it be! Then, let us hate what God hates and love what He loves! May our laws, statutes, and ways of living be changed because the Bible is what we follow! May our nation care more about what God thinks than man! Amen! Praying for Victoria E and all of us today.

  4. Rhonda J. says:

    Good morning and happy Friday!
    Hoping you all are ready for a restful and restorative wkd to come.
    The Story of Manasseh is horrifying with the sacrificing of a child to the altar of Baal, to the high places and witchcraft and voodoo, with abundant public sexual sin on display. Can you imagine? Yeah, I can, I see the crazy that our own country has become that I would have never dreamed 20 years ago. It is heartbreaking to see the tide turn, and it moves in so quickly, seemingly nothing to stop it! BUT GOD, thank goodness he can change anything, and all things! I will fix my eyes on him, and try my best to point others to the only thing that works, to beautify our life and save us from our flesh. He IS a good God, but he will not tolerate sinful lifestyles. Help us Lord, let us die to ourselves. We need you Lord, oh do we need thee every day, every hour. Let the Holy Spirit come alive in us to guide us and sanctify us, like clay in the potter’s hands. Give us the fruits of the spirit so people can see Jesus in us daily.

  5. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    Good morning ladies – glad I found you this morning! I see God’s presence all through the story, He was watching, observing the life of a man who had been left with a Godly example to follow. Yet, Manasseh chooses his own path – goes his own way which leads him right to disaster, taking all of Judah with him. He was bound by his sin – literally, bound by shackles and with a hook in his nose!I once heard a pastor say, “sin blinds, sin binds, and sin grinds” how true it is!…I was a little baffled by the fact that God did not accept Jeremiah’s prayer for the people. God made it very clear that no amount of praying would change the outcome. So, I went to Enduring Word Commentary – the reason God said what He did, was because He already told Jeremiah NOT to pray for this people – Jeremiah 7:16; Jeremiah 11:14 & Jeremiah 14:11 – but bless his heart for trying!

    This morning I was listening to a sermon and the pastor read something that was written by another pastor. It was a list or reasons why you should avoid the “pleasures of sin for a season.” He then began to name all the reasons, for example: it will destroy my relationship with my wife, it will destroy my relationship with my kids; it will effect them spiritually; it will hurt others; and on & on. I thought, “wow” imagine the impact a list like that would have if every time we were tempted to sin we referred to it!

    Lord God, help us to always be mindful of your presence and the consequences of our sin. May we walk each day in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. In Jesus Name, amen.

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