Submission and Obedience


In the thirteenth year of Josiah's reign over Judah, Jeremiah the prophet was sent by God to declare coming judgment on the nation because of King Manasseh's sin. The judgment was definite and its coming absolute.

Josiah was a righteous man, as outlined in What a Difference You Can Make! Manasseh, his grandfather, had been the most wicked king Judah ever had. The books of II Chronicles and II Kings relate the acts of Manasseh that stirred God's wrath:

Manasseh rebuilt altars dedicated to idols and false gods that his own father, Hezekiah, had torn down to restore the worship of God in Judah.

Manasseh also built altars to the Baals and sacrificed young children on them.

Base sex worship prevailed, and religious prostitution was even commanded as part of Baal worship. Human sacrifice was common. In an effort to placate their gods, young children were killed frequently and then buried in the foundations of a house or public building at the time of construction. Manasseh even sacrificed his own son! Baal worship was pagan and defiled and utterly rejected by God!

Manasseh made Asherim.

The symbol of Asherim was the stem of a tree deprived of its boughs, and rudely shaped into an image and planted in the ground. The rituals associated with the fertility goddess Asherah included idolatrous worship, implying, as in Judges 6, that the worship of Asherah was an apostate behavior, improper and forbidden for followers of Jehovah.

Manasseh worshipped the host of heaven and served them.

The Torah plainly forbade the worship of the host of heaven (Deuteronomy 4:19, 17:3). Among Josiah's reforms he took away from the Temple the horses "dedicated to the sun" (II Kings 23:11). Ezekiel cited Israelites worshipping the sun as being an abomination.

Manasseh desecrated God's House by building altars to the hosts of heaven in the outer courts of the Temple.

Manasseh practiced witchcraft.

By definition witchcraft is the control of a person or persons by another. It is from the devil and anyone who practices it will not enter into heaven. We are to be controlled only by the Holy Spirit. Satan is very powerful, and cunningly entices people to practice all evilness and things of the occult. God says those who practice witchcraft are detestable in His sight.

In order to 'devolve' into the wickedness of murdering innocent children in the burning arms of Baal, Manasseh first had to turn his back on God and Israel's history of worshipping Him. Then he had to stop observing the holy days given to Israel by God. Manasseh

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