Today’s passage is 2 Chronicles 33:1-25. Let’s go!
2 Chronicles 33:12-13 (NIV) 12 In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 And when he prayed to him, the LORD was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD is God.
On verses 1-20: Manasseh takes over from his father Hezekiah as king of Judah. Unlike his God-fearing father, Manasseh throws himself headlong into idol worship and witchcraft (v2). He rebuilds places for idol worship that his father Hezekiah had destroyed (v3). Manasseh even sacrifices his own children in the fire (v6) and erects altars inside the temple of the Lord to worship other gods (v4-8). Under Manasseh’s leadership the people of Judah do more evil than the nations that the Lord had previously driven out of their land (v9). Despite warnings from God (v10), Manasseh and the people of Judah refuse to listen until Assyria invades Judah and takes Manasseh prisoner (v11). At that time, Manasseh cries out to God in his distress (v12). God is moved by his plea and allows Manasseh to return to Judah and restores Manasseh to power (v13). At that point verse 13 says that “Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God”. Upon his return to Judah, Manasseh cleanses his land of idol worship (v15-17) and begins to live a humble life before God (v19).
Eventually Manasseh dies and is buried in his own palace (v20). His son Amon takes over as king of Judah (v21). Unfortunately, Amon follows his father in all the wrong ways but fails to humble himself like his father had done in his later years (v22-23). After only reigning for two years, Amon is killed by his own officials, who conspire against him and assassinate him before they themselves are killed off by the people of Judah (v24-25).
What can we learn from all this? No matter how many mistakes you make and how big those mistakes were, God still makes His amazing grace available to you if you would humble yourself to acknowledge Him. That’s what happened with Manasseh. Praise God that His grace is greater than our mistakes. That amazing grace is available to you and me, if only we would humble ourselves to receive it.
Heavenly Father, thank You that no matter how mistakes I make and how big those mistakes were, Your grace is greater. Thank You that through Your Son Jesus Christ, I am forgiven, restored and made new. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!