–But Manasseh 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 spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. So the Lord brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon. In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. And 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. Afterward he rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David, west of the Gihon spring in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate and encircling the hill of Ophel; he also made it much higher. He stationed military commanders in all the fortified cities in Judah. He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city.
2 Chronicles 33:9-15
Manasseh for most of his life had been a wicked king, prideful most likely also. He has often throughout scripture been one of the most wicked ones the nation had aside from Jereboam and Ahab. However, Manasseh found repentence, though it took a very harsh way to finally bring him down to his knees. We see it says “In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly.” He proved his repentence as genuine when it says “He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city.”
This is a great example from the Old Testament scripture to liken to the conversion of a sinner. Though the nation of Israel and Judah were called to be God’s people, often there were people and kings who behaved more like the heathen nations then God’s people. So for one, we also know that in our day and time it does not make one a true follower of Jesus Christ to just say they believe in Jesus yet do nothing as a result of this. God was not happy that Manasseh had foreign gods put in the temple. How many professing Christians there are also indeed in our days that have a Bible on their shelves but have other gods in their hearts. They may attend a church Sunday but worship their other gods on Monday and the rest of the week.
Their are those who say they know Christ but live like those who outright deny our Lord and Savior. Unfortunately a large percentage of professing “Christians” do live like the rest of the world, living in sexual sins and living with their boyfriend or girlfriend. Their are are some that say they know the Lord but it they do not allow him to reign as Lord of their lives and decisions. Some say they know Christ but lie as much as non Christians do, act as spitefully towards others like the World does, and they put Jesus in a place where they can feel safe to do their own thing without changing what they have no wish to change.
Now I am not posting this in judgement on anyone because only God truly has the final assessment on who is truly saved and who is not. Yet I did used to be one of these folkes before Christ invaded my life and have not been the same since. The transformation is first inside but works outward. Jesus said, “Unless a man be born again he will not see the kingdom of heaven.”
Born again? That is God humbling us and revealing by conviction of His Spirit our true nature in sin. He then beckons us by His Loving Grace through the revelation of Jesus Christ to respond by repenting of our sins and exchanging our mess to follow Him as our King, Lord and Savior!