Manasseh was Hezekiah’s son who became king when he was 12. In the book of the kings it said that he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood. 2 Chronicles 33:3 says that he rebuilt the high places which his father had torn down. Verse 7 says that he put idols in the temple Solomon had built.
Verse 9 says, “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.”
The Lord sent the Assyrians to put hooks in his nose. They bound him with bronze fetters and carried him off to Babylon. Verses 12-13 should encourage us to never give up on an unbeliever.
“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.”
What a picture of God’s redemption. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
The Lord had to humble Manasseh before he would humble himself before the Lord. James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
Humility is absence of pride. Uzziah was a great king. He followed the Lord wholeheartedly. Then, pride became his downfall. 2 Chronicles 26:15-16 says, “…he was marvelously help till he became strong. But when he was strong his heart was lifted up to his destruction…”
Be aware of prideful thoughts which will become prideful actions. James 4:6 says that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Don’t give up. Continue to pray for the unbelievers in your life, and in the world. May they will cry out to Him and humble their hearts. No one is exempt from His love because Jesus died for all.