2 Kings Chapter 21

Would You Save Him?


Who would it be hard for you to save? – Rapist

Murderer / Child abuser / Mass Murders?

A) Someone totally perverted?


B) Tonight we see a man that was all of those things

1) The most wicked King in the history of Judah and probably one of the wicked men in the Bible


C) He was the son that was born during Hezekiah’s last 15yrs – remember those?

1) He was nothing like his dad – instead he was wicked to the core –



CH.21 Manasseh- Rd v.1-9


Here we are given the sins of Manasseh


1) He rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed: v.3

A) This shows us that repentance and reform and revival are not permanent standing conditions.


B) What is accomplished at one time can be opposed and turned back at another time.

1) Manasseh opposed the reforms of his father Hezekiah and he brought Judah back into terrible idolatry.


C) It was there at the High places that they worshipped Astarte, the goddess of sensual pleasure.

1) These places were filled with pornography and people would report to these groves to worship Astarte by engaging in group sex.  Orgies


D) It was a very pornographic practice they were engaging in.



2) He raised up altars for Baal, and made a wooden image: V.3 

A) Manasseh did not want to imitate his godly father. Instead, he imitated one of the very worst kings of Israel: Ahab. State-sponsored worship of Baal


3) He worshiped all the host of heaven and served them: .v.3

A) He introduced the astrological worship/ Babylon influence



4) He also built altars in the house of the Lord: v.4, 5

A) It was bad enough for Manasseh to allow this idol worship into Judah.


B) He defiled the temple by bringing idols into it.





5) He made his son pass through the fire: V.6 

A) This dates back to the pre Canaan days –


B) The religious practices of the people of Canaan were abominable and self-destructive.

1) There were no sexual or moral restraints. There were no family ties.


C) The lack of moral and sexual restraint led to the birth of many unwanted children.

1) Conceived in meaningless sex, these lives were meaningless to those who bore them.


D) These infants were offered as sacrifices to the pagan deities they worshipped.

1) One such practice was the worship of Molech


E) Manasseh sacrificed his own son to the Canaanite god Molech.


6)  Practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums: v.6

A) Manasseh exposed himself to open encounters with demons.


B) He came in contact with what today we would call a “spirit-guides”.

1) These demonic spirits would then give direction and so-called secret wisdom.


NOTE: It s amazing to see the depths to which our society has sunk today as we see the way that our society parallels the deeds of Manasseh.



7) He even set a carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house of  the Lord: v.7

A) Ashram was the Canaanite goddess of fertility, and worshipped through ritual prostitution.


B) This means that Manasseh made the temple into an idolatrous brothel, dedicated to Asherah.


8) He seduced the people: V.9

A) He manipulated them to sin and sin more.


B) But the people were not innocent  

2 Chronicles 33:10  And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen.


C) The Lord loved Manasseh and Judah so much that He sent the prophet Isaiah to warn Manasseh & the people

1) But the people did not heed the warnings of Isaiah


D) Result: they were willingly seduced by Manasseh’s wickedness and were attracted to do more evil.


Hosea – My people are destroyed for lack of Knowledge ……….


We see the tragic progression in Manasseh’s sin and it’s affect upon the people of God


First, idolatry is tolerated among God’s people.

Then idolatry is promoted.

Then idolatry is supported and funded.

Then the worship of the true God is undermined.

Then the worshippers of the true God are persecuted and murdered.


Then the judgment of God soon comes.


Judgment is coming – RD V.10-18


So as a result of Manasseh’s sin Judgment came upon the nation of Judah

A) But in the midst of that Judgment Manasseh had a conversion - Turn to 2 Chronicles 33 RD V.10-13


And the LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen. 11 Therefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon. 12 Now when he was in affliction, he implored the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.


His conversion:

A) The Assyrians invaded &Manasseh was taken captive/ led him away w/ hooks in his lip


B) Totally humiliated – led around hooks in his lip like a caught fish


C) Archaeologists have actually found pictures of this practice.

1) Today we call it fashion – those days – part of slavery – ultimate in humiliation


NOTE: Those who give themselves over to their own lusts are ALWAYS given over to captivity.

Manasseh is a perfect picture of this.


D) You think – not going to hurt me – pretty soon it is controlling you- has the best of you.


But something interesting happened to Manasseh

A) In the midst of his affliction he cried out to the Lord


B) Gomer –led to the Valley of Anchor

1) The Valley of troubling is a door of hope!


C) It is the very thing that causes some to come to their senses –

1) Parents we need to resist the tendency to keep a rebellious Child from ending up in the Valley of Achor


D) Instead we need to pray: Lord let them get to that Valley quickly – Pig pen quickly

1) Door of hope when the turn to the Lord – come to their senses


E) Sin is pleasurable for a season but the end there of is death.


Manasseh cries out to the Lord - Question: Would you have answered?

A) After all that Manasseh had done, if you were God, would you listen to this guy?


B) If you were God, would YOU answer his prayer?

1) Tough question to answer - 


C) But know this God heard and responded to Manasseh with Grace



If you ever doubted how merciful and compassionate and gracious God is, this MUST lay them to rest.

A) This shows to us the MERCY and COMPASSION and GRACE of God. 


the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.


C) Satan will lie to you and say: “You have gone too far. God won’t listen to you. You are through.”

1) Manasseh proves to us that Satan is a liar.


Manasseh proves to us that the Word of God is true when it says: Psalms 86:5

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,

And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.


We were talking at Family Devos yesterday:

Sharing where we were reading in our Devos

A) My wife was sharing - Luke 15:7 Lost sheep that the shepherd goes after – likens it to a wayward believer


“I tell you that in the same way there will be more

rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than

Over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need

to repent.” NIV


B) That is such a heavy thing to consider and it really shows the heart of God toward wayward sheep

1) The Bible tells us that God rejoices over his people He rejoices in the righteous – Pleasure


C) But He rejoices even more over the one wayward sinner who returns –

1) His heart – None perish


D) Don’t be skeptical – how long will it last this time?

 Is he really sincere? –


E) Those of us who have been around a long time can get jaded because we have seen so many go up &

down {Love hopes all things .. believes all things /


So Manasseh ends up crying out to the Lord in his turmoil the Lord responds that is mercy

A) But here is what is really amazing about the story of Manasseh God not only hears his cry and forgives


B) But God also delivers him from his captivity and restores him back to his position as King –

1) Great illustration of that principle found in Joel 2:25 - – He is able to restore the yrs that the Locust have eaten


C) Such an awesome thing about God’s grace

1) Restoration Power -



Was His conversion real? RD V.14-17

14 After this he built a wall outside the City of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate; and it enclosed Ophel, and he raised it to a very great height. Then he put military captains in all the fortified cities of Judah. 15 He took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem; and he cast them out of the city. 16 He also repaired the altar of the LORD, sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. 17 Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the high places, but only to the LORD their God.


Here we see his follow thru the fruit of his repentance

A) He built walls around the city – Protection freedom of worship


B) He removed the -foreign gods  


C) He repaired the altars of the Lord


D) He made the way for true worship 


E) The false altars are broken down


F) The alter of the Lord was rebuilt


See this guy in heaven!!!! Real deal


Ch. 21 Of 2 Kings ends with Manasseh dies – his son Amon follows him wicked – 2 yrs – then Josiah


Talk about Sunday – Revival



Modern Day Manassehs

A) Perhaps YOUR life is as RUINED and DESPERATE as Manasseh’s.


B) Perhaps you are living in the bondage to the very things that you thought you would sere you.

1) Perhaps the consequences of your sin has HUMBLED you.         

C) TODAY, you need to call on the Lord.

1) You can do it knowing that if you are truly repentant, He will hear you.


D) TODAY, He offers you the forgiveness of sins and the promise of abundant life.

1) He offers GRACE and MERCY you don’t deserve. Will you receive it?