November 3, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for 2 Chronicles 33-36
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Context: In today’s reading, we look at the reigns of Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah, all kings of Judah. We also read about the fall of Jerusalem. Manasseh, unlike his father, was an evil king, sacrificing his own children to false gods and placing alters for worship within the temple of the Lord! Manasseh was leading the people away for the Lord and He intervened. Babylon captured Manasseh and carried him away from Jerusalem. During this time, Manasseh repented before the Lord and the Lord took mercy. Manasseh returned to Jerusalem and removed the places of worship for the false gods, however, the people never truly returned to the Lord. After Manasseh died, Amon took the throne. Amon ruled as his father did and refused to repent and turn to the Lord. He was assassinated by his own officials. Josiah became king after Amon, and he led a revival in Judah, including restoring the temple and re-discovering the Law of Moses. Josiah was eager to serve the Lord accordingly, including the celebration of Passover. Josiah died after engaging in a battle in Egypt, of which he had no part. Following his death, Judah had a series of kings, all of whom did not walk with the Lord and led the nation further into sin, leading the fall of Jerusalem. Notice, however, that the book ends with hope.