II Chronicles 33:1-17 NKJV Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. But 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. For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down; he raised up altars for the Baals, and made wooden images; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. He also built altars in the house of the Lord , of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem shall My name be forever.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord . Also he caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord , to provoke Him to anger. He even set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever; and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I have appointed for your fathers—only if they are careful to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses.” 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.
And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen. Therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon. Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 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. After this he built a wall outside the City of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate; and it enclosed Ophel, and he raised it to a very great height. Then he put military captains in all the fortified cities of Judah. He took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the Lord , and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the Lord and in Jerusalem; and he cast them out of the city. He also repaired the altar of the Lord , sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it, and commanded Judah to serve the Lord God of Israel. Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the high places, but only to the Lord their God.
Just been reading about King Manasseh of Judah. We read of him in 2 Kings where he is just evil, but in 2 Chronicles 33, he does evil by setting up altars to false Gods, worshipping them and sacrificing his sons in fire, probably to the god Molech.
He gets into sorcery, divination, witchcraft, consults mediums, and spiritists leading Judah away from God. No hope for him then!
The King of Assyria puts a hook in his nose and takes him prisoner. But, "In his distress he sought the favour of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his father's".
We are told the Lord was moved, listened and brought him back. He is changed so reverses the bad he has done, pulls down the idols and sorts out the temple that he had desecrated.
If God can forgive Manasseh and change him, he can forgive me and you. But we must repent and humble ourselves; not fashionable words but the only way to be saved is through Christ.
Without true repentance there is no forgiveness of sins. We love to say, "God loves you" but fail people when we leave out that they must repent because we find it too hard to say.
Many falsely believe they are going to heaven because they have believed a half truth they have been told and have been deceived and never repent.
Lord I thank You that nothing I have or could ever do is outside 6our willingness and desire to forgive me. You paid on the cross for every sin ever committed and there is complete forgiveness for everyone who repents and humbly asks. You command all to repent and want none to go to hell. I humble myself before You and ask for forgiveness for every sin. I pray that You give me the courage and boldness to warn people of the peril they are in and truthfully, sensitively tell them of their need to repent and allow God who loves them to come into their lives and change them. In Jesus's name, Amen.