Exodus 25:10-22 describes the construction of the ark of the covenant. The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness, during which time the ark was carried from place to place. After they entered the promised land the tabernacle was set up at Shiloh and the ark remained there for many years. King David eventually brought it to Jerusalem. When King Solomon built the temple the ark was placed in it.
Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. (2 Chronicles 5:7)
The king and the people probably thought the ark had found a permanent resting place and the days of its being carried from place to place were over. That turned out not to be the case. Here is an incident that took place during the reign of King Josiah. Read the rest of this entry
Judah had many kings, some good and some evil. The worst of them was Manasseh.
Manasseh led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD destroyed before the people of Israel.
2 Chronicles 33:9
As a result of his sins God allowed the Assyrians to capture him and take him to Babylon. While he was imprisoned there he repented and was restored to his kingdom.
When he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
2 Chronicles 33:12-13
He was the worst king of Judah and he was also the only one who repented of his sins. Read the rest of this entry
Israel had some very good kings, such as David, Hezekiah, and Josiah. She also had some very bad kings. The worst was Manasseh, whose story is found in 2 Chronicles 33. He was the son of Hezekiah, who had destroyed the false gods the people worshiped and restored the worship of the true God.
Manasseh began his reign by attempting to undo the good his father had accomplished.
And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had broken down, and he erected altars to the Baals, and made Asheroth, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD had said, “In Jerusalem shall my name be forever.”
And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. And he burned his sons as an offering in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and used fortune-telling and omens and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger.
2 Chronicles 33:2-6