Manasseh

Ecclesiastes 7:15

15In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long   in their wickedness. 

It says in 2 Chronicles 33:1-2, 9, 1Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-five years. 2He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites… 9Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.

The Lord gave to the Israelites the land of Canaanites because of their sins. Yet, when Manasseh committed evil more than the Canaanites, the Lord let Manasseh lived and reigned as king in Judah longer than kings who were far more righteous than him. Why was that? Why did God allow Manasseh reigned the longest? Why not David or other kings who were much more righteous than Manasseh? Eventually, the Lord sent the Assyrians to punish Manasseh. And, it says in 2 Chronicles 33:12-13, 12In his distress, Manasseh sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. 13And 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.

God did not destroy him when Manasseh did evil because He knew that Manasseh will eventually repent of his sins. The life of Manasseh illustrates that God would forgive even our worse sin when we repent of it.

It says in 2 Peter 3:9, 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. Manasseh reigned the longest is a testament of God’s patience waiting for us to repent. God may also allow us to experience distress to help us come to our senses and seek God’s forgiveness and grace.

Lord Jesus, forgive my iniquities and pour You grace on me.

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