“Now when he was in affliction, he (Manassah) implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.” (2 Chronicles 33:12)
COMMENT: There is an old bromide that goes this way: “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”. Well, as you know, that doesn’t always happen. Manassah, son of king Hezikiah was a blatant exception. As you know, the kingdom of Judah see-sawed between loyalty and disloyalty to God. When Hezikiah became king, he became a reformer. He cleansed the Temple, restored Temple worship, kept the Passover and removed the altars devoted to other gods. After that reformer died, 12 year old Manassah became king. Evidently he got some really bad advice because “he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.” (2 Chron. 33:2) As a result of his actions, the Lord allowed the army of Assyria to capture and carry off the offending king to Babylon. The errant monarch then humbled himself and prayed fervently unto the Lord. The Lord showed him mercy and made a way for him to return to Jerusalem. Manassah was so grateful that he finally followed the footsteps of his father and made reforms that brought his kingdom back into the good graces of God. Finally, that “apple” made its way back toward the “tree” that produced it.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Numbers 14:18, Psalm 52:8 and Ephesians 2:4,5
  1. Johanna Sue Turner says:

    I like your comments on Manassah. Our preacher talked about him tonight. He said “Don’t let Satan tell you that you have done things so bad God will not forgive you.” I’d like to know sometimes what God wants me to do . I want to do what God wants me to, I want to be good. I get rather tired of “going forward” at church to ask for prayers, especially because I don’t see other Christians doing that..so, why should I? It’s confusing to me sometimes.I wish I had somene to talk to regularly who could help me understand it all better. I can talk to my husband some, but he doesn’t know all the Bible real well. Thanks for listening.

  2. peacefulone says:

    Hello Johanna! You know I had that same problem. Then, I joined a prayer group, joined a Prayer Center and started going to prayer meetings. I asked God how to show me how to pray for myself, then I graduated to praying for others. Now I have about 22 really good prayer friends. Just tell God what you need. He hears you.

    Blessings & Love

    P.S. We’ll be praying for you.

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