Evil Kings

Jeremiah 15: 4 And I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.

This morning I was struck by Manasseh and the fact he was called out by name in scripture for his evil.

Enduring word.com summarizes the verse this way: Because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah: There were sinful kings in Judah before and after Manasseh, and the people themselves did not obey and seek God. Yet there was something so horrific about the sin and rebellion of Manasseh that made judgment inevitable, irreversible.

i. The history of Judah tells the story of Manasseh’s great sin (2 Kings 21:9-17). 2 Kings 21:16 summarized it as so: Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides his sin by which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD.

ii. The evil Manasseh was the son of Hezekiah – generally a good and godly king. “He was therefore the worse, because he should have been better; and yet the worse again, because he was a ringleader of rebellion to others.” (Trapp)

The king did unspeakable evil to his kingdom. Leaders of our world are given their authority by God, just like the kings of Isreal were given theirs, but at times we see these blessings turn into suffering for others.

I pray for leaders of our world, Christian and not, realize the blessing and true privilege they have by leading others and treat their titles with humility and respect.

I pray that everyone else who doesn’t see themself a leader or is so on a small scale, realize your importance and the true impact you have.

We are all leaders, and we all have the capacity to become a Manasseh if we don’t align our hearts to the right things. But we have an amazing and good God who longs to keep us close to His light!

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