O. T. #869 "The Damage Had Already Been Done"
Nov. 14, 2016
2 Kings 21-Part 2
LET IT GLOW
Manasseh was the longest reigning Hebrew king, some 55 years. He was also known as their most evil king. Towards the end of his life, after this man had been captured by the Assyrians, he repented of his sinful ways, and found God's grace. He was allowed to return to his throne in Judah for a while.
Although he was converted, Manasseh's damage had been done concerning his influence of idolatry on his son, Amon and is nation later.
We once knew a man who was saved in his later years. He regretted having not experienced it soon, or his influence upon his son was not one of faith in Jesus. He was burdened for his son, yet he did not want anything to do with his father's new found faith. I don't know if the son every came to Christ, since we moved away from the area. I pray he did.
I was reminded of this true story as I read about Manasseh and Amon.
Are we burdened over the spiritual state of our family members? Do we pray and witness to them?
LET IT GROW
As it turned out, King Amon was not affected by his father's late conversion. He continued in the idolatry of his father's previous teachings. Amon, like Joash in chapter 12, was killed by his servants, after only reigning 2 years in Judah. Apparently, It was a conspiracy of the people.
Some things we can undo and some things we can't. It is best for us to watch our words and actions, making sure they coincide with God's Word. But, God's Grace is always available when we flub up.
LET IT GO
Encourage others to remain faith to God.
Lift the cross of Jesus high.
Surrender all to Him, my past, present, and future.