MANASSEH, KING OF JUDAH, HIS DEATH

Finally … it happens to everyone.

“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27

And here’s virtually all the Bible tells us about King Manasseh’s death. “So Manasseh slept with his fathers, and they buried him in his own house: and Amon his son reigned in his stead.” 2nd Chronicles 33:20

The King lived a relatively long life, based on antiquity’s scale anyway. We even know his age at death … 67 years old. Remember, he reigned over Judah 55 years! And inherited the throne at the death of His Father Hezekiah, when the lad (Manasseh) was merely 12 years of age. “Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem.” 2nd Chronicles 33:1, inspired history.

The expression “slept with his fathers” merely means he “died,” passed away, breathed his last, expired.

Do notice that he was buried, not cremated.

God only “cremated” His enemies. Think Sodom and Gomorrah!

Many of the Kings of that noble Land were buried together, in a plot reserved for such heroes. Manasseh was NOT given this honor. His sinful life had done too much damage, I suspect.

Manasseh just rated being buried “in his own house!”

Yes, the King’s repentance was REAL … but so was the terrible carnage he left behind from decades of bold, ungodly living!

And then, as was the case in Israel (Judah) … Manasseh’s son reigned “in his stead.”

And, as we shall soon see, Amon followed in the steps of his Father. Not the “good” Manasseh, but the “evil” one!

Yes, sin does have “wages!”

— Dr. Mike Bagwell

Lord willing, more tomorrow morning.