More evil kings doing bad things...Manasseh began his reign at age 12.. yes TWELVE. Can you imagine a 12 year old running a region?!?! As he grew he established pagan traditions, asherah poles, etc. He even sacrificed his own son--to a false God. Can you imagine? In Kings, his story simply ends with his death, but in Chronicles, we get to see God work in his life. God sends the Assyrians to capture him--he becomes distraught and cries out to God for help. When he is released, he gets rid of all of the idols and turns things around. 33:3 "And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God. "
His son follows in his evil footsteps as king and is assassinated. Nothing else is really mentioned.
Before both these kings, the story of Hezekiah is told. I've already read about this in Isaiah, but its always good to get another writer's perspective. Yes that is the same story in 3 books... must be a big deal. What isn't mentioned in Isaiah is the extended taunting that happened between Hezekiah and the Assyrians. If you don't remember, Hezekiah feared an attack from Assyria and was advised to ask God what to do. God told him not to worry about it--He's got their back. An angel wipes out the troops, and all is well. In Chronicles, they are jeered at for days and begin to fear for their safety. But God sends an angel who wipes out the army. Defeated, the Assyrian king goes to his temple and is killed by men, including his own sons.
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