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Sunday, August 31 2014
2 Chronicles 33: Manasseh's Hooks
"When he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers"
Righteous King Hezekiah of Judah (see Why The Other Sacrifices?, When The Church Will Become The Kingdom, The Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts Of The LORD and What Does Sennacherib's Prism Say?) was succeeded by his son Manasseh (not to be confused with the Egyptian-born Israelite patriarch Manasseh; see The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh and Why East And West Manasseh?).
Manasseh had a long reign of fifty five years. He inherited a righteous kingdom from his father, but as a young man he became corrupt with idols ("For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them"; see The Tree Huggers Of Israel And Judah) and sorcery ("he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards"; see What Is Sorcery?).
"33:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem: 33:2 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. 33:3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. 33:4 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be for ever. 33:5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) warned Manasseh, but by the very definition of "fool," fools don't easily listen to wisdom. The LORD then gave Manasseh a lesson that he couldn't ignore ("ignorant" means to ignore). Manasseh was taken captive, in chains and with hooks through his flesh ("among the thorns" as the King James Version renders it) to Assyria. There, "in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers." The LORD then rescued Manasseh and restored him as king of Judah.
"33:10 And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. 33:11 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. 33:12 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 33:13 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God." (2 Chronicles 33:10-13 KJV)
Manasseh thereafter became a righteous king - although his earlier example had left a damaging influence upon the people who "did sacrifice still in the high places" - using idolatry to worship the LORD ("yet unto the LORD their God only").
"33:14 Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.
Manasseh was succeeded by his son Amon who "did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father." Amon was assassinated by his servants, but others executed the assassins and appointed Amon's son Josiah as king.
"33:21 Amon was two and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned two years in Jerusalem. 33:22 But he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, as did Manasseh his father: for Amon sacrificed unto all the carved images which Manasseh his father had made, and served them; 33:23 And humbled not himself before the LORD, as Manasseh his father had humbled himself; but Amon trespassed more and more.
Fact Finder: Babylon and Assyria (which were in the general area of what is today Iraq) were in "Mesopotamia," which means between the rivers i.e. the Tigris and Euphrates. What connection did those two rivers have to the Garden of Eden and the homelands of Noah and Abraham?
This Day In History, August 31
1056: Byzantine Empress Theodora died. Without heirs to the throne, her family's Macedonian dynasty that had ruled the Byzantine Empire for two centuries ended.
1218: After the death of his father Al-Adil, Al-Kamil became Sultan of Egypt, Syria and northern Mesopotamia (see also Damascus In History And Prophecy and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1303: The War of Vespers in Sicily ended with an agreement between Charles of Valois, who invaded the country, and Frederick, the ruler of Sicily.
1314: King Hakon V Magnusson moved the capital of Norway from Bergen to Oslo.
1422: King Henry V of England died of an infection while in France. He was succeeded by his nine-month-old son as Henry VI.
1521: Cortes captured the city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico.
1535: Pope Paul II deposed and excommunicated King Henry VIII of England (Henry didn't much care; he set up his own church, the Church of England, and made himself the head).
1668: John Bunyan, English author of The Pilgrim's Progress, died in London at age 69.
1795: During the War of the First Coalition, British forces captured Trincomalee (known today as Sri Lanka) from the Dutch in order to keep the territory out of French possession.
1798: The Irish Rebellion of 1798. Irish rebels, with French assistance, established the short-lived Republic of Connaught. In their economic and political competition against Britain, the French frequently instigated and supplied rebellions against the British during the 1700s and 1800s - while at the very same time, the French hypocritically tolerated no independence in any of their colonies around the world.
1876: Ottoman Sultan Murat V was deposed and succeeded by his brother Abd-ul-Hamid II.
1888: Mary Ann Nichols was found murdered. She is regarded as the first of the confirmed victims of "Jack the Ripper."
1895: Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, founder of the Zeppelin Airship company of Germany, patented his "Navigable Balloon"
1907: An Anglo-Russian Convention between Britain and Russia settled outstanding disputes between them regarding Tibet, Afghanistan and Persia (Iran); it was one of the bases of the Allied coalition in the First World War.
1942: During the Second World War, British and Canadian tanks and infantry under General Bernard Montgomery defeated Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps in the Battle of Alam Halfa in Egypt (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1980: After two months of strikes, the Polish communist government gave in to demanded reforms, including recognition of the Solidarity trade union under the leadership of Lech Walesa.
1990: West and East Germany signed a treaty to harmonize their legal and political systems.
1994: Soviet troops ended 50 years of military presence on German territory.
1997: Princess Diana, 36, former wife of Prince Charles, was killed in an auto crash in Paris with her friend, Dodi Fayed, 42. The driver of the car, Henri Paul, 41, was also killed in the collision into a concrete road tunnel during an apparent attempt to outrun photographers. A bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, 29, was the sole survivor of the crash, reportedly the only one who was wearing a seat belt.
2005: A stampede on the Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad killed 1,199 people.
2006: Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream was recovered by Norwegian police. It was stolen on August 22, 2004.