2 Kings 21:7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the Lord said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:
King Manasseh has just done the unthinkable. He has taken the temple of God and has set up false gods in the Temple where the Lord said He would put His name for ever. Just a few pages before, while Solomon was king, people from all over the world were coming to the Temple and seeing how great the Lord is. But now Manasseh has defiled the Temple of God, a place that was used to show the glory and the awesomeness of God is now showcasing the exact antithesis of the Lord. Manasseh defiled the temple and made it so that the other nations wouldn’t see the salvation of the world.
Now let’s take this story and apply it to our lives. In this story Manasseh defiled something God had set up to make His name known. No one could know or see God’s greatness by means of His temple because now there were idols and graven images in there. According to the New Testament we have been made a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him. Let’s not be like the evil king Manasseh and take something that is God’s and defile it. Because if we do, the world will never be evangelized in our generation.