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Editorial: “I Have Found the Book of the Law”

2 Chronicles 34:15

After the death of Solomon, Israel and Judah were divided into separate kingdoms. Both had periods in which they were in rebellion to God, but Israel’s existence was continuously characterized by idolatry and ungodliness. Because of her rebellion, Israel was the first of the two kingdoms to fall under the judgment of Jehovah God. She was taken into Assyrian captivity in approximately 722 BC, and ceased to exist as a nation .At the time of Israel’s destruction, Judah was benefitting from the reign of Hezekiah. It is said of Hezekiah, ” … He did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done” (2 Chronicles 29:2). Hezekiah reigned for 29 years in Judah, and during his reign cleansed the temple (29:3-19); restored temple worship (29:20-36); kept the passover (30); and accomplished many reforms in Judah (31).However, after his death his son Manasseh took the throne. It is said of Manasseh, “But he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel” (2 Chronicles 33:2). Manasseh’s reign of 55 years, together with the short (2 year) reign of his son Amon, was characterized by idolatry, human sacrifice (of his own son), witchcraft, and immorality (cf. 2 Chronicles 33). Continue reading » Editorial: “I Have Found the Book of the Law”