What child abusers and Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son, have in common
I must say this, yes, black lives matter! In fact, I believe that all lives matter, particularly in a case where little ones fall prey under the hands of an abuser.
Child abusers seek vulnerable adults whose children they can over power and control.
So why do adults take off on kids, beat them? The usual factors are, drug and alcohol abuse; the child interferes with the adults drug or alcohol activities; the child looks like the ma’ma or daddy who has become the enemy of the abuser; the child is over active, very aggressive, or isolated; or the child has an undiagnosed disability that needs intervention.
The unfortunate, if not quickly detached from the abuser and shown pure love alone with getting psychological counseling, that child will repeat what was done to them. The innocent party is the child who as an adult repeats the cycle.
There was a king, Manasseh, who was the son of Hezekiah. His father was righteous in the sight of God and led God’s people to worship the true and living God. Manasseh chose to practice unrighteousness, he influenced the same people led by his father to turn and worship the pagan gods, Baal, a form of idol worship. He torn down the images of God and created images of pagan worship, and made himself as god, building his altar, practiced soothsaying, witchcraft, sorcery, and spiritism. Opposing the law of God, he sacrificed his children, burning them as a pagan offering to the god, Molech.
Manasseh is an example that raising our children in the reverence and fear of God does not mean they will never be influenced by the enemies of this world. The enemy is like a roaring lion, larking back and forth watching and seeking one to mastermind, control, and devour.
The tenacity of Manasseh’s change in worship drove him to sacrifice his children, throwing them in the fire of Molech. He placed himself in positions that seemed “right in his own heart,” such is the heart of those who rebel the ways of God.
At that moment, he probably felt like many folks today, I’m my own person and however I feel and whatever I feel is right, is right, and if I make a mistake, oh well! He was experimenting with a self permissive attitude and was not concerned about the consequences of his choice.
As Hezekiah’s son, he would have known better, surely his father would have taught him the law against child sacrifice.
But it’s those parents that choose to leave God out of the equation, and attach to the ungodly activities of this world and become involved in erroneous activities. In some instances wondering how did I get to this place?
So God brought an army against Manasseh, and they took him prisoner, “put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronzed shackles and took him to Babylon.
Abusers are usually self-centered and do not think about the consequences. Why? Because the selfishness of “Every man’s ways are right in his own eyes…,” (Proverbs 21:2), until a hook is placed in the nose or they are hand-cuffed, and pulled back to “reality,” the law.
The hook in the nose is a representation of a careless and wild behaved animal being led because of no self-control. The perpetrator’s perception is unsound and any stimulus presented that reminds them of their unmoral behavior must be controlled.
So what do a child abuser and Manasseh have in common? They connect to vulnerable persons.
No life matters to perpetrators. To them, it’s about self gratification.