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Friday, August 2, 2013

August 2 - 2 Kings 20-21: Hezekiah's Righteous End, Manasseh and Amon's Unrighteous Ends

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 20-21

The Message

English Standard Version

The first half of today's reading repeats Isaiah 38-39. The second half is the story of Hezekiah's son and grandson. Since today's and tomorrow's readings are the same I will summarize and comment on the son's and grandson's lives today and tomorrow I will link to the previous posts and comment on the few additions to the story. There will be no summary.

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Even after all Hezekiah did for Judah to put it back in God's good graces, his son and grandson caused them to become worse than the Canaanites.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

Manasseh reigned 55 years. He rebuilt the shrines and erected altars to foreign gods in Judah as his grandfather Ahaz did. One was built in the Temple in Honor of God, violating Moses' instructions and greatly angering God.
God's message, "Because you sinned more than the original Canaanites, I will bring a catastrophe on you. You will go into captivity. I will no longer put up with this."
Manasseh turned Judah into a nation of murderers and sinners.
Amon, Manasseh's son, reigned 2 years. He was equally wicked as his father. His servants assassinated him. Josiah became king.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

No matter how good a generation can be, everything can be undone in the next generation.

Hezekiah was a good king. He removed the shrines, rebuilt the Temple in Honor of God, and relied on God for help and salvation. His son, on the other hand, became more wicked than the Canaanites before him—sacrificing his son to another god! Righteous living is not inherited. It must be passed down.

What are you doing to ensure the next generation knows how to set things right with God and in the world?

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