Sorry for the delay in today's post!
It's interesting to note that Manasseh was grew up during the time when his father, King Hezekiah, was at his weakest point spiritually speaking. And interesting that Manasseh finally repented (not spoken of here, but described in Chronicles) after more than 50 years of dismantling what remained of Judah's loyalty to God - which possibly explains his son Amon's ungodliness, but his grandson Josiah's godliness. Perhaps his repentance was too late for Amon to benefit from, but not too late for Josiah.
Judah experienced an incredible revival under King Josiah, but unfortunately it was not enough to undo the damage caused by Manasseh and the ungodly kinds before him. Eventually God's patience runs out - a warning for us today!
Ray Vanderlaan (RVL) has some very interesting thoughts on our Matthew passage, particularly the portion where Jesus is speaking to Peter at Caesaria Philippi.....
There is a spiritual war, and we need to be on the offensive!
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: 2 Kings 24-25; Matthew 17