Manasseh is born after Hezekiah’s recovery. Hezekiah’s response to the prophecy of the coming destruction of Jerusalem and of his own children, “as long as it doesn’t happen in my lifetime, that’s all right”, is a sad revelation of his later spiritual state and lethargy.
“For he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed,”
In one generation all the good that Hezekiah had achieved was undone. Idolatry returned in force, false worship, child sacrifice.
And more, v16, “Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another,”
And the Lord’s answer is clear. “Behold, I am bringing upon Jerusalem and Judah such disaster that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle.”
These are not empty words. We know what happens. Israel has already gone into exile, and now it’s Judah’s turn.
They are destroyed, cast down, scattered. God’s people in the wind.
For us though, I think it’s good to be reminded that God brought another event, one of good and hope, that makes our ears tingle. Jesus’ act of sacrifice, His unfailing love, His obedience to the cross – These are truths that cannot be pushed aside. You either reject Him or follow Him.
Praise God for Jesus! Praise God that He has given us a hope that reaches beyond this world, where the church can be torn asunder, where although He is still building it, we can see great destruction and false worship happen.
He is our good God!