Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. (2 Chronicles 33:1)
Relate: David was the greatest king Israel > Judah had. No question, hands down. After David if you were looking from a purely political point of view, Solomon was probably second but Hezekiah would definitely be in the top five. He faced the greatest test the nation faced from its founding right up to the exile. If you are ranking them based on their godliness, I’d put him second. Maybe third behind Josiah. With that in mind, 2 Kings 22:1 is one of the saddest verses in the Bible.
Earlier in today’s reading, Isaiah came to Hezekiah and told him, “Put your house in order, you’re going to die.” Like the pleading baby we all can be Hezekiah cries out, “I DON’T WANNA DIE!!!” God hears this cry and grants him another fifteen years of life. When those fifteen years are up, Hezekiah goes the way of his ancestors and his son Manasseh takes the throne. Manasseh is twelve years old when he becomes king. Without question he is the most ungodly king Judah has ever had. It is because of the sins Manasseh led the people in for fifty-five years that God sends the Babylonians and Judah is a sovereign nation no more.
When God first told Hezekiah to put his house in order, the king should have listened. If he manned up and listened instead of pleading for more life, Manasseh would never have been born. He didn’t know it, but he was asking for the worst possible thing he could have. God granted his request but as a result, everything turned to ash.
React: Be careful what you pray for… God just might answer it.
No matter what I’m asking for, God give me more of You. If I am asking for riches, give me an abundance of grace. If I’m asking for security, shelter me under Your wing. If I’m asking for companionship, be near me. God, most of my prayers are dumb. I don’t mean them to be, I just don’t have Your greater knowledge. Please don’t answer them unless it is in a way that will draw me, and others, closer to You.