Who was Manasseh in the Bible?
Even a very brief outline of king Manasseh's evil is sickening. We wonder why God could ever forgive him. Not only did he intentionally offend God by desecrating Solomon's temple with idols, but he also worshiped pagan gods and even sacrificed his children to them! Child sacrifice is a vile act of pagan idolatry, and act against both God and people.
God showed justice to Manasseh in warning and punishing him. He also showed mercy in responding to Manasseh's heartfelt repentance by forgiving and restoring him. Given the nature of Manasseh's rebellion, we are not surprised by God's punishment, which was defeat and exile at the hands of the Assyrians. But Manasseh's repentance and God's forgiveness are unexpected. Manasseh's life was changed. He was given a new start.
How far has God gone to get your attention? Have you ever come to your senses and like Manasseh, cried out to God for help? The only thing that stands between you and God's complete forgiveness is repentance and prayer for a new attitude.
Are you ready for a new relationship with God? Do you know God? Do you know Jesus?
Are you certain that you are going to heaven? If the answer is no or your not really sure and there is something stirring inside you at this very moment to do this, then all you have to do is say a small prayer and you can be assured of your name being added to the Book of Life. Go to the prayer of salvation and pray the words out loud and believe in your heart and you will be saved.
Manasseh's story is told in 2 Kings 21:1 - 18 and 2 Chronicles 32:33 - 33:20. He is also mentioned in Jeremiah 15:4
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