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Manasseh's legacy

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Announcements Forums Matter – March 20th, 2016 Manasseh's legacy

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    It was brought out in Bible Study this morning how Menasseh, who ruled for 55 years, came around and repented and had 20 years at the end of his reign where things were going well and he was happy. But, he is not remembered well.

    In the Smith Bible Dictionary (1884), it states: “… The altar of the Lord was again restored, and thank offerings were sacrificed to Jehovah… But beyond this the reformation did not go. On his death, B.C. 642, he was buried as Ahaz had been, not with the burial of a king, in the sepulchres of the house of David, but in the garden of Uzza,..and long afterward, in spite of his repentance, the Jews held his name in abhorrence.”

    Like Manasseh, Ahaz had also appealed to the Assyrians, and this got him into trouble. “Ahaz, having forfeited God’s favor by his wickedness, sought deliverance from these numerous troubles by appealing to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria…who freed him… (but) at a costly price. He was weak, a gross idolater, and sought safety in heathen ceremonies… consulting wizards… His only service of permanent value was the introduction of the sun-dial.”

    Doesn’t history have a way of repeating itself! And this is why we study those who have gone before. Menasseh did show progress in relation to Ahaz, but the Jews were in no mood to forgive him for having repeated the sins of Ahaz!

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