2 Chronicles 32-33
The Kings of Judah, cont’d. 2 Chronicles 10:1-36:21
2 Chronicles 29:1-32:33…Hezekiah becomes King of Judah (715-686), cont’d.
2 Chronicles 32:1-33-After Hezekiah had done all of this...Assyria invaded. Hezekiah told his leaders that God was greater than Assyria (:7-8). The king of Assyria sent a message asking why they would think that their God could save them when the gods of the other nations couldn't (:10-19; cf. Isaiah 36). But Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed (cf. Isaiah 37:15-35)...and God sent an angel to destroy the Assyrian army (:20-21; cf. Isaiah 37:26-38)). When the king of Assyria returned his own children killed him. Hezekiah became deathly ill…but when he prayed, God told him that He was going to extend his life…he gave him a sign to comfort him and give him confidence that he would not yet die (cf. Isaiah 38). Despite all that God had done for Hezekiah…he still allowed his pride to become a problem. The king of Babylon sent envoys to Judah. Hezekiah proudly showed him all the riches that he possessed. When Isaiah heard about it he told him that this act of pride would become a problem for Judah after his death. Hezekiah misunderstood what Isaiah was saying and thought that he meant that there would be a time of peace…however, the only peace that would take place was that Judah would be conquered and there would be nothing left of Hezekiah’s riches to worry about (cf. Isaiah 39). Hezekiah died and his son Manasseh became king.
2 Chronicles 33:1-20…Manasseh becomes King of Judah (695-642)
2 Chronicles 33:1-20-Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king and he reigned for 55 years...he did evil in the sight of the LORD...more than the nations that they had dispossessed (:9). Notice the list of all that Manasseh did. It’s almost as if he tried to find everything that he could do that was sacrilegious and do it (:2-9). As punishment, God brought the Assyrians against them. They conquered Judah and took many them away. The mention of “hooks” is a reference to an Assyrian practice of putting hooks in the noses of important captives…connect the hooks by cords…and then make the captives walk together, one behind the other. If one of them stopped suddenly, or stumbled, or tried to run…the hooks in all of their noses would be jerked and torn. It was intended to humiliate, to cause pain, and to control. "...when he was in distress, he entreated the LORD" (:12). Evidently, Manasseh had been taken away from Jerusalem, but after he prayed, God brought him back to Jerusalem..."Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God" (:13). Manasseh then removed the idols from the house of the LORD (:15) and tried to restore correct worship. However, much of the damage he had done now had an permanent effect on the people and they continued their incorrect practices of worship (:17). Manasseh died, and Amnon, his son became king.
2 Chronicles 33:21-25…Amon becomes King of Judah (642-640)
2 Chronicles 33:21-25-Amnon was 22 when he became king and he reigned for 2 years. He did evil in the sight of the LORD. When God convicted him of his sin…he did not humble himself as his father, Manasseh had done. Finally, his servants had had enough and killed him. Then the people of the land killed the servants...and made Josiah, his son king.
Prayer: Father, it is amazing to see how Isaiah counseled Hezekiah. Isaiah prayed and listened to You…and then gave the king counsel. I pray that You would give me men who hear Your voice, who know You intimately…so that they might speak into my life. Men whose counsel comes from You. Help my heart to always be humble and obedient to You.