Manasseh, King of Judah (2 Kings 21:1 – 18; 2 Chronicles 33:1 – 20)

Scripture Texts:

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2 Kings 21:1 – 18

2 Chronicles 33:1 – 20

1. If you had a monument dedicated to your memory, what kind of monument would you prefer: building? park? street? library? airport?

2. What did you want to be when you were a child? When you were a young adult?

3. Manasseh was sired after God extended King Hezekiah’s life by 15 years. Who would have been king if Hezekiah had died? Considering the evil of Manasseh’s early reign, should God have let Hezekiah die?

4. What new customs does Manasseh add to Judah’s catalog of sins? Where do you suppose he took his course in idolatry?

5. Who stands in opposition to Manasseh (2 Kings 21:10)? What happened to them (2 Kings 21:16)?

6. What is a plumb line? What does this warning convey? Is God changing his mind (cancelling earlier promises)? Is it true that Israel has done nothing good since they left Egypt?

7. What finally turned Manasseh around? How great is God’s forgiveness?

8. How does Manasseh show that he really was changed? What proved that the people were not totally changed?

9. How was Manasseh’s character like Hezekiah’s?

10. What are “good people” to do during evil times? What’s the key to surviving the reign of bad kings?

11. What does Manasseh’s story tell you about the ultimate seat of power? The ultimate disposition of good and evil?

12. Which attribute of God – power or mercy – has been most impressed on you recently?

13. Would you have shown Manasseh mercy? Is there anything God won’t forgive if you are truly repentant?

14. When did God first become real in your life? In what concrete ways did your life begin to change?

15. Reflect on a time you were in distress and called on the Lord. How did He come to your rescue?

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