2 Kings 21: Use What You Have Been Given
As we have been going through the Bible, it is not hard to realize that Israel had its share of bad kings. However, in 2 Kings 21, it sounds like Manasseh was the worst one yet.
2Ki 21:11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols:
That is really something. The king who was supposed to be ruling God’s chosen people was doing things that were worse than even all of the pagan kings before him. That is a pretty sad commentary. It makes me think of a parable told by Jesus.
This story is in Matthew 25. The concept is that a very rich man gave talents to his three servants to use. Two of them took the money that they were given and used it to generate a profit. The third buried his money and refused to do anything.
The main moral of the story is that we need to do a lot if we have been given a lot. We can’t just disappear and hide what we have been given; we need to use it.
The problem is that Manasseh had been given a lot in theory. He had a good upbringing from a family that followed God, and he certainly had God’s law. He knew how to be a Godly leader, but he didn’t do it.
I think this is why God was so angry at him near the end of the chapter. Obviously there have been plenty of wicked kings in the history of the world. They are still wicked kings today.
However, Manasseh had been blessed in so many ways that he should have done a lot more for God. I am not talking about any type of work-based salvation, but I am saying that God does expect us to work for Him. We are supposed to use what we have been given to reflect the glory of God.