Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 33
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that the supposed “largest public satanic ceremony in history” happened in Detroit, Michigan this weekend. People traveled from all over to witness the unveiling of a large nine foot bronze statue of Baphomet with its pentagram and creepy children earnestly looking up to it. It’s easy for not only Christians, but people in general to read about this and ask “What in the world is happening to our country?” yet we read something even darker and scarier in 2 Chronicles 33 today. Manasseh, the next king of Jerusalem after Hezekiah, began his reign at 12 years old and ruled for 55 years. In that reign he did what was evil before the Lord by rebuilding altars to Baal, the false god in place of God’s Holy temple. If that wasn’t enough it says in v. 6 that he burned his own sons as an offering and messed with witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy and other forms of demonology. It got so bad that v. 9 says this evil king led them astray to the point that they did more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel.
It’s hard believing that one can come back from such evil, similar to the thoughts I’d have when looking at the pictures of this satanic ceremony in Detroit. Yet there’s hope. Hope that someone can go to such evil extremes and still repent and be saved. This hope and life change happened to Manasseh as he was captured by then cried out to the One True God and God had mercy on Him. And this was not a temporary “I need help, please save me God but I’m going to go right back to my old ways after” decision. Manasseh tore down those false temples and re-erected God’s temples that Hezekiah had originally put up. This was not only noticed by all of Israel and Judah but used by God to be written in the Chronicles of Seers. Do you know someone or a situation that seems too far off from God’s mercy and grace? Maybe it’s a relative, or a friend or even yourself? Let Manasseh be a reminder that Jesus’ cross and resurrection provides repentance and faith out of the deepest and darkest of sins and that life change can follow.
Posted by: Erik Koliser