READING THE BOOK OF SECOND KINGS CHAPTER TWENTY ONE.
Sin does not only leads us to destruction also corrupts everything on earth. Our sins does not only destroys our lives but also the lives of those around us. Lets give ourselves daily to the Lord.
Our favorite verse in 2 Kings Chapter 21 is:
Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end—besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the Lord. (2 Kings 21:16 NIV)
Sin has no limits
- Manasseh was one of three children who became kings of Judah. He began to rule at age 12 and reigned for 55 years, it was the longest rule by any one king. Sadly, it was a long time of evil and idolatrous leadership.
- The list of Manasseh’s sins is endless: He replaced worship in the temple that Solomon had dedicated to the Lord. He erected altars to Baal, Asherah and all the pagan gods. In addition, hi passed his children through fire as part of his dedication to magic, witchcraft, and his consultation of spirits. The biblical text states that the conduct of the people of God, because of the influence of this king, exceeded all the evil deeds of the other nations God had eradicated because of their sins.
- It is noteworthy that when a person turns away from God, all moral and spiritual values are lost. In addition, it affects relationships, and promotes the lack of respect towards God’s creation anf other people. Manasseh “filled Jerusalem with innocent blood.” The same results are verified through history, with the extermination of ethnic groups or abuse of the innocent and unprotected.
Dear father, we cry unto thee, thou art God and do not approve of injustices committed against innocent people. Intercede for those who suffer and are suffering persecution for proclaiming your name. Also we pray for our lives, let us not repeat the sins of Manasseh. We thank you for Jesus and ask for his intercessory appeal that our offenses might be forgiven. In the name of Jesus, Amen