(See 2 Kings 21 and 2 Chronicles 33)
Manasseh was the 14th king of Judah, the son of Hezekiah. He reigned for 55 years and had the dubious legacy of being Judah’s most wicked king.
He was aggressive in the restoration of idolatry and idolatrous practices which his godly father, Hezekiah, had destroyed. He practiced divination, witchcraft, and he worshiped the sun, moon and the stars. Those who resisted his rule were killed. He even sacrificed his son (perhaps sons) to Molech, an Ammonite god. Some believe that he gave the command to have Isaiah sawn in two.
In light of these acts, it would be likely to believe that Manasseh’s enemies would welcome his demise and death. However, Manasseh humbled himself greatly and entreated (plead earnestly) the Lord while distressed in Babylonian captivity. God was moved by his entreaty and restored him to his kingdom in Jerusalem.
Here we have a powerful example of God’s great mercy, compassion and grace to forgive and save the most vile and wicked. Look in the mirror for another example of God’s grace and mercy: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
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