Word for the World - July 20

Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

The God of Second Chances
Dr. Randy White

“Thus Manasseh misled Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the sons of Israel.” (2 Chronicles 33:9, NASB95)

Manasseh was an evil king.  He reigned 55 years in Jerusalem, and committed every kind of despicable act that a King of Judah could possibly commit.  He rebuilt the pagan altars his dad had broken down, he built new altars to the Baals, he even built pagan altars in the temple itself.  He delivered his sons to the pagan Canaanite gods in the valley of Ben-hinnom (which became synonymous with hell in the New Testament).  He practiced witchcraft and sorcery.  He contacted the dead in séances.  He desecrated the temple.  He was as bad as it gets.  So bad, in fact, that God had enough.  In punishment, God sent the Babylonians who captured Manasseh and bound him in chains and carried him off to Babylon in utter humiliation.

It was there that Manasseh got religious!  Manasseh began to beg God for the return of his dignity and his kingdom.  Fat chance, right??!!

God heard the prayer. God answered. Manasseh was returned.  Manasseh had a second chance.

And if that isn’t grace, there is no such thing.

So if God can forgive, renew, and restore Manasseh…don’t you think that you should show a little grace as well?

In His Grace,

Dr. Randy White

For more solid Biblical teaching, including a daily radio broadcast from Dr. White, please visit Randy White Ministries.

For more solid Biblical teaching, including a daily radio broadcast
from Dr. White, please visit Randy White Ministries.

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