This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
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[2Ch 33:9 NKJV] 9 So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.
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Manasseh was arguably the worst King in Israel’s history. He became king at twelve and reigned as Israel’s longest King (55 years). If anyone would seem irredeemable it would be him. 2 Kings 21:11 says, “he acted more wickedly thank all of the Amorites who were before him.” He was an idolater, he sacrificed his children to demons, he used witchcraft and sorcery and even desecrated the temple. His life of sin and rebellion led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of the people.
If anyone deserved judgment, and no mercy, Manasseh would seem to be high on that list. However, something miraculous happened while in exile… [2Ch 33:12-13 NKJV] 12 Now when he was in affliction, he implored the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 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.
Manasseh humbled himself before God and God heard his prayer. This didn’t change his destructive legacy, but I believe it changed his eternity. Manasseh reminds us that even the worst of the worst still have a chance. God’s discipline is rooted in His mercy. God used these consequences to bring Manasseh to a place of repentance and relationship. Let us remember this week to pray for those who seem like they have crossed the point of no return. That God would bring them to a place of repentance and restored relationship.