Read 203.) Nahum 1:1 thru 3:19, and 204.) II Kings 21:17 thru 22:2 and II Chronicles 33:11 thru 34:7. With this reading, we come to the 7th Minor Writing Prophet Nahum. But, first, a brief word concerning Isaiah, of whom we just finished reading. It is believed that Isaiah was killed by King Mannasseh of Judah, and is the one referred to in Hebrews 11:37 as having been sawn in two. I’ve seen dates of 686 and 681 for this. As we read Nahum, Mannasseh is still king, and his 3 chapter book is dated at about 650 BC, shortly before Mannasseh’s end. As Jonah had been a prophet to Nineveh, principal city of Assyria some 125 years before, and it repented then; after Jonah, she reverted back to her old ways. This time, there would be no reprieve, and Nineveh was to be destroyed. And, it was, in 612 BC, by Babylon.
Chapter 1 is the Lord’s expression of His anger towards Nineveh. Verse 7 gives us a sweet second of reprieve. Where do you stand; as a foe, or as one who trusts in Him? There is no middle ground of neutrality. Chapter 2 then goes further to describe Nineveh’s impending doom. It will be complete and final. Chapter 3 concludes with a cry of woe against her, and with not a word of comfort or solace to be shared. Nineveh has sealed her doom!
Now, to the Kings and Chronicles parallel passages. We begin to move again in time. Mannasseh comes to the end of his life and reign, and his young son, Amon, assumes the throne at the age of 22. This is all right around the 740 BC. Amon is a wicked fellow, as his father had been, and he is assassinated two years into his reign, but note briefly here, that Josiah then comes to the throne at the age of 8. Amon died at 24. He was fathering children when he was 15? This Josiah is going to be an incredible breath of ‘fresh air.’ But, first, lets note Mannasseh’s end, as it was recorded in the Chronicles.
II Chronicles 33:11 thru 16 tells us of Mannasseh’s personal conversion experience. We read of precious few of those. It begins when the Lord brought pressure to bear upon Mannasseh in verse 11. Verse 12 tells us that he responded to the Lord’s pressure properly; he turned to the Lord in deep contrition and repentance. God forgave Mannasseh all his many wickednesses and affected a restoration of him to his throne, says verse 13. Then, with verses 14, 15 and 16, we see that his repentance and conversion were genuine. It was real, and it lasted. He went on to affect many reforms in Judah. However, it seemingly had no good influence upon his son, Amon, who came to the throne next, according to verse 22. How well this illustrates that truth I once heard that Billy Graham had spoken, that God has no grandchildren, only children. Have you had any true conversion experience like Manasseh had? This, too, is what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell