“Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. But he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” 2 Chronicles 33:1-2
How could this happen?! His father was a great man of God. His father was one of those “did that which was right in the sight of the LORD” type of guys.
Hezekiah was a good king. “Hezekiah became king when he was twenty-five years old… And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.” 2 Chronicle 29:1-2
He was a good king with a couple of very bad compromises. One of them was when the prophet Isaiah came and told him that he was going to die. Instead of accepting the will of God, he pointed out how good he had been and that God owed him. (Isaiah 38) He was given an extra fifteen years to live. In those years, he made his other compromise. He showed the Babylonians his treasures. He was bragging about how great his treasure was. He was full of pride.
As is often the case, we could be perfect parents, and have one fault, and that is the character trait our kids will emulate. Hezekiah didn’t accept what God had for him, therefore, Manasseh didn’t accept the LORD. Hezekiah was full of pride, therefore, Mannaseh’s heart was lifted up in pride against the LORD. Even though God spoke to him, he wouldn’t listen. He saw dad’s example, therefore, he rejected God.
It is interesting that Manasseh, one of Judah’s most wicked kings to that point, was twelve years old when he became king. Does that number remind you of something? Hezekiah was granted fifteen more years of life. It means that Hezekiah fathered this wicked king after the time God told him he was going to die. You see, God was sparing Hezekiah and Judah of this wicked king and of the pride of Hezekiah. You see, when Hezekiah showed the Babylonians his treasures, it opened the doorway for them to eventually take over under Nubuchadnezar. If Hezekiah would have accepted what God wanted, his epitaph would have read, “Hezekiah did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of his life without fail.”
We must accept that no matter how bad a situation looks, God always has our best interest in mind.
But that’s not the end of the story. Manasseh was so stubborn in his sin that God put him in jail in Babylon. While there, he humbled himself and prayed and asked for forgiveness. His life was completely turned around. From being one of the worst to being one devoted to his God. What’s more, his son, Josiah was godly and led Judah in the greatest revival in its history.
Hezekiah humbled himself. Manasseh humbled himself. Josiah served the LORD. Leave a legacy. Stay far away from compromise, but if you do, humble yourself and pray. This will have great benefits for generations.