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Week 20 Day 4
Patience often implies a perseverance of waiting
for someone to come
or for something to change
most people do not admit to patience
as a strong quality in their lives
perhaps many do not want patience
seeing it as wasted time
or being taken advantage of
yet patience is named as one
of the fruits of the Spirit
an example of the presence of God
patience does not imply a waiting forever
but a holy perseverance
for one to come or a heart to change
God is patient with us
a quality we cherish about God
and worthy of nurturing in ourselves
God is not slow
God is patient
wanting everyone to come
wanting every heart to change
"SON OF AHAB"Hezekiah tore down the pagan altars; Manasseh rebuilt them. II Kings 20 & 21
20The rest of the acts of Hezekiah--his might, and how he
made a pool and a tunnel and brought water into the city--are
they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings?
21Hezekiah died. Then Manasseh his son reigned in his place.
1Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and
he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2He did evil in the
sight of the Lord. 3For he rebuilt the high places which
Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal,
and made a wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done;
and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.
5He built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts
of the house of the Lord. 6He made his son pass through the
fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted
spiritists and mediums. 7He even set a carved image of
Asherah that he had made, in the house of which the Lord
had said to David and to Solomon, "In this house and in
Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel,
will I put My name forever."
10The Lord spoke by His servants the prophets, saying,
11"Because Manasseh has done these abominations (he
has acted more wickedly than all the Amorites who were
before him, and has also made Judah sin with his idols),
12behold, I am bringing such calamity upon Jerusalem and
Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears will tingle.
13"I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of
Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab; I will wipe
Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside
down. 14So I will forsake the remnant of My inheritance and
deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall
become victims of plunder to all their enemies."
16Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till
he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another. 18Manasseh
rested with his fathers, and was buried in the garden of his own
house. Then his son Amon reigned in his place.
19Amon was twenty-two years old when he became king,
and he reigned two years in Jerusalem. 20He did evil in the
sight of the Lord, as his father Manasseh had done. 23Then
the servants of Amon conspired against him, and killed the
king in his own house.
26Then Josiah his son reigned in his place. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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