2.Chronicles 33:12-13 Now when he was in affliction,
he implored the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God
of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard
his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom.
Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.
scripture in the Bible is referring to king Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah,
who in 690 B.C. became king of Judah at the age of 12. We find ourselves
way back in the past, however, we can still learn a lot from it, especially
where the Word of God is concerned. Manasseh reigned for 55 years, and
for the most time of his reign, he was a very wicked king. He defiled
the temple with idolatry, he practiced sorcery, and he shed a lot of innocent
blood. As a result of his bad example and ungodly influence, the people
fell away from God. He committed more evil deeds than all the other kings
before him and after him. He ignored the prophets who God sent to him
to warn him and the people. The king of Assyria took him as a captive
and brought him to Babylon. In his situation of need, he sought God and
humbled himself before Him. God heard him and brought him back again to
Jerusalem. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.
Thereafter, Manasseh sought to bring everything back into order again,
he truly repented from his whole heart. 2. Chronicles 33:15-16 He
took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, and
all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD
and in Jerusalem; and he cast them out of the city. He also repaired the
altar of the LORD, sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it,
and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel. However, he
was unable to undo all the damage which he had wrought in Judah, and his
son Amon learnt from his bad example and never turned his life over to
God. Our life always has an influence upon others, and what we do today
has an effect on what happens tomorrow and it often cannot be reversed.
Manasseh did evil things and lived in an evil way because he did not know
God. It is the same today, many people live a sinful life because they
do not know God. They are hurting themselves and others as a consequence.
Usually, the more influence and power an evil person has, the greater
the damage will be. In the case of Manasseh, God's unending grace is particularly
evident. Despite his terrible sins, God forgave him, restored his kingdom
again and gave Manasseh another chance to do better next time. Even in
our day and age, God is willing to forgive sins and to manifest Himself,
when a person repents with their whole heart and humbles themselves before
Him. If an individual hears the gospel, shows remorse for his sins and
gets baptized in the name of Jesus, then all his sins will be washed away
in the blood of Jesus Christ. Do not hesitate if God is calling you to
be converted to Him, for it is possible that you might miss the opportunity
of receiving God's grace. The best time to be converted is during the
time of your youth. Ecclesiates 12:1 Remember now your Creator in
the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years
draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them".
Know that the LORD is God and this LORD is Jesus! God bless you. ra
Additional scripture verses to study: 2.Chronicles 33; 2 Kings 21; 2.
Kings 23:26; Psalm 145:18; Jeremiah 15:1:4; 29:12-14; Romans 10:12