Interestingly enough, this Canaanite king does not say “Now my gods have paid me back for what I did to them.” No he says “Now God has paid me back for what I did to them.”
The man hits total rock bottom in his life and comes to grips God has repaid him for his cruelty. The Scripture does not say this or tell us how this man responded to his awareness of his sin in his last hours of life. Yet it is possible he repented and maybe perhabs turned in faith to Israel’s God and found mercy from Him.
God was incredibly merciful even in the Old Testament times to a soul who humbled itself before him. We do not know what happens though with this man and can only really wonder. Yet the timeless truth is God is rich in mercy even when we sink to our lowest and darkest moments- if we humble ourselves. No matter how deep the sin is, God’s grace is deeper for them who will humbly acknowledge their sins and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Jesus is able to cleanse even the worst offender who is willing to be cleansed and have their guilt removed. Yet the arrogant will not let themselves be cleansed, they say “But I am a decent good person!” And “But how could God punish me for my sins? I am not that horrible!”
This attitude keeps a person truly from God’s free gift. The Lord’s generous offer to cleanse us. Some may fear coming to grips and facing their guilt, so they in fear of truly facing the fact God sees them as a sinner. Yet, this is fear that keeps one from God’s mercy and generous forgiveness!
Surely all our sins are putrid and odious to a Holy God! Surely we all have reasons God could eternally condemn every one of us! Yet listen, God may be saying of some who read this now something like He said of his people of old
Only acknowledge your guilt— you have rebelled against the Lord your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree, and have not obeyed me,’” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 3:13 –
God’s mercy is a free gift and when we by faith turn from sin to Jesus Christ we are saved!