Manasseh rules over Judah for a very long time-55 years. Throughout his reign, idolatry and high places of worship become more widespread than ever, along with extensive instances of murder and bloodshed. Because of Manasseh’s numerous sins, God decrees that the Kingdom of Judah will fall, leaving no trace behind. Amon, Manasseh’s son, follows in his father’s footsteps. A revolt sparks in the court and the new ruler is soon assassinated. Amon’s son, Josiah, then becomes king. The birth of Josiah, restorer of Moses’ law, heralds the beginning of an era in which the lost divine sparks will be redeemed. Even in the years following Manasseh’s cruel reign, there is a ray of hope and chance of salvation.
“and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down” (2 Kings 21:13)
“For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them” (2 Kings 21:3)
“And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem” (2 Kings 21:13)
Abstinence is avoiding addictive pleasures.