Sunday, August 03, 2008

Then Manasseh Knew

August 3: 2 Chronicles 32-33

1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2 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. 3 For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had broken down, and he erected altars to the Baals, and made Asherahs, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem shall my name be forever.” 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 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.

10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention. 11 Therefore the Lord brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon. 12 And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 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 33:1-6 & 10-13

Then Manasseh Knew

Often times I meet people who refuse to come to the Lord because they believe their sins are so great that God would never save them. Especially to those people, this passage should be extremely encouraging.

Some of the sins of Manasseh are recorded in the passage shown above. Not only did he build altars for his gods right in the house of the Lord, but 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.

It sounds much like our present day, does it not? What idols do we worship, rather than worshiping the Lord God, our Creator and Redeemer? Where do we go for advice? Unfortunately, many do just as those in Manasseh's day; they go to fortune-tellers, mediums, and necromancers. Is there no God for us to go to that we, too, look elsewhere?

Manasseh's story has a happy ending; in spite of all of his great wickedness he turned to the Lord for help when he was bound with hooks and chains by the King of Assyria.

12 And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 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.

As Christians, we understand that at some time in our own lives, we have to reach the point where, like Manasseh, we know that the Lord is God. God is a personal God; we cannot rest on the laurels of our parents or those around us, but must come to the knowledge and understanding that God is God. Our own sins prevent us from going to God, but we need to accept for ourselves the payment for our sins made by the Lord Jesus Christ. He is not just the Redeemer, but He needs to be our Redeemer. Go to Christ; He will save you now!

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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