I. The Actions of Amon (2Ki. 21:18-22; 2Chron. 33:21-23)
Amon, whose name is derived from the Egyptian god Amun, was the son of Manasseh.
Amon began his reign of Judah at age 22, and reigned for 2years.
Amon’s reign was in the midst of a transitional time for the entire Mesopotamian region. To the east of Judah, the Assyrian Empire was beginning to fall apart, while the Babylonian Empire had not yet risen to replace it. To the west, Egypt was still recovering from its Assyrian occupation, transitioning from a vassal state to an autonomous ally. In this power vacuum, many smaller states such as Judah were allowed to govern themselves without foreign intervention from larger nations.
II. The Assassination of Amon (2Ki. 21:23-26; 2Chron. 33:24,25)
Amon continued his father Manasseh’s practice of idolatry and set up pagan images as his father had done.
The Talmudic tradition reports: “Amon burnt the Torah, and allowed spider webs to cover the altar (by disuse)… Amon sinned very much.” After reigning 2years, Amon was assassinated by his servants, who conspired against him, and was succeeded by his son Josiah, who – at the time – was 8years old. Some scholars assert Amon was assassinated because people disliked the heavy influence that Assyria – an age-old enemy of Judah, responsible for the destruction of Israel – had on him.
After Amon’s assassination, his murderers became unpopular with the people, and were ultimately killed.
God allowed – maybe even arranged! – for the dynasty to continue. Why? Why would God allow such a wicked dynasty to continue?
Because God is faithful to His promises. He had promised that David’s descendants would always rule over Judah; see 2Sam. 7:8-17. And, Amon was one of David’s descendants. By the way, Josiah would turn out to be one of the godliest kings Judah had!
The people of Judah must have realized that God’s will trumps our desire to give people what we think they deserve.
You can read Amon’s story in 2Kings 21 & 2Chronicles 33.