Never Too Bad
2 Chronicles 33:1-20 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem...
Manasseh was an extremely sinful and evil king. He built altars to false gods, he relied on sorcery and mediums for direction, he even burned his own sons as a sacrifice to another god. Manasseh operated with no regard for God, and "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). But eventually God had enough. He sent the king of Assyria and his army to capture Manasseh. Verse 11 tells us that they "captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon." (Sounds pretty awful.)
Well that got Manasseh's attention, and it's at this point that he finally recognizes God and His control and sovereignty. Manasseh undergoes a heart change and calls out to God in prayer. God is moved by Manasseh's genuine repentance and prayer and brings Manasseh back to Jerusalem where he then dedicates his time and efforts to God. Quite an amazing turnaround.
What did this passage show you about turning your life over to God? After reading Manasseh's story, what do you think God can do with your life? Tami W.
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