“He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord…” 2 Ch. 33:15
Manasseh was the one who introduced all the foreign gods to the nation and he had to be the one to get rid of them. The king’s repentance made a great difference in his thought and conduct, and he had no choice but to face up all the ill-effects of all he had done. There was nothing private or personal about the king’s repentance and conversion, and it was humbling for him to confess his transgression in such an open manner.
This is something that we also may find rather difficult to do. We may readily acknowledge our sins to the Lord in secret, yet it’s entirely another matter if we are required to bring them out in the open. We prefer all our skeletons to remain in the secrecy of our closets, don’t we?
There are obviously both spiritual and physical consequences of our wrong doing and they must be dealt with in due time. The Lord will handle the spiritual realm for us since his blood will cover all our sins and the cleansing is once and for all; yet we must bear the ill-effects of our iniquities by ourselves from which there is really no escape. The sins we have committed may cause physical illness or emotional hurt which may haunt us the rest of our lives. It’s absolutely wrong for us to have a cavalier attitude toward sin, believing that forgiveness is merely a prayer of confession away, not realizing our spiritual healing may just take a moment, but our emotional and physical cure may take an entire lifetime.
Manasseh’s sins might have been forgiven by his repentance; but no one was going to pick up the litter of his sins except he himself. There were statures of foreign gods everywhere, bearing witness to the king’s infamous behavior, and whatever was erected must be destroyed by the hands that created them. That was exactly what the king did: “He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord.”
Getting saved provides us an opportunity to restrict and reorient our lives in such a way that the true meaning of all our actions both past and present become manifest and we finally come to realize who and what we really are. To see things as what they really are is to take up the ownership of all we have done, and to do whatever is necessary to rectify them, if it’s still possible to do so
Wasn’t this what Manasseh did after his conversion? Surely he couldn’t leave the idols which he had fashioned untouched, and continue to do what he had been doing before his inner transformation.
Friday, December 22, 2017 6:33:00 AM