Manasseh Normalized Evil

Handwritten page from the second book of Kings chapter 21 verses 9 through 21.
2Kings 21:9-21

Synopsis     2Kings 21:9-21     10/14/2019 

God was vexed with the tribal nation of Judah. His purposes were frustrated because King Manasseh did not follow in the ways of Moses. Additionally, by his scandalous behavior, Manasseh led many of the people astray.  

God expressed this frustration by recounting many examples of Israel’s past faithlessness beginning from the time of Moses.  

Eventually, King Manasseh died. And so, his son became king. The son was named Amon. He was twenty-two years old when he ascended the throne. And then, Amon reigned for two years as king.   

However, Amon did the same kind of evil as his father had done before him.  

Manasseh Normalized Evil 

Manasseh did what was evil. And he lived a long time. So, after a while, the evil that he regularly and habitually did became normal.  

At one point in time, placing an idol in the temple of the Lord would have elicited shock. And it may very well have resulted in bloodshed against the perpetrator. But with King Manasseh, the shock eventually wore off. And at this point, it just became normal.  

What was evil had become normalized. 

When Evil Becomes the Norm 

When evil behavior becomes normal, what’s obvious to the casual observer suddenly becomes imperceptible.   

So, if behavior and the ability to understand are so closely related, then it follows that faithfulness is actually the perquisite to understanding.  

If I persistently refuse to obey then I can expect only ignorance and half-truth. 

But if I persistently chose God’s will, then I will eventually learn God’s ways.  

“Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them” Matt 1:15 

October 14, 2019

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