Read 2 Kings 21, 2 Chronicles 33
Manasseh becomes king at 12. His father is Hezekiah and he was a part of the generation to see the sun move backwards! Contrary to the demonstration of God’s clear power over the sun, moon, and stars, Manasseh blindly worships them. And this isn’t the worst of it. The king is infamously evil, and we read an extremely shocking laundry list of sins. 2 Kings 21:16 says he shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end. He is deported off to Babylon by the brutal Assyrians with a hook in his nose. It’s there under great distress he turns back to the God of his father.
Praying distressed 😩 is not new. And God is moved by Manasseh. 2 Chronicles 33:11-13
Whatever you’ve done the story of Manasseh should convince you unequivocally of God’s mercy. Especially when tradition says that Manasseh is responsible for killing Isaiah, although the only clue in the Bible alluding to his type of death is Hebrews 11:37.
His turnaround was dramatic, yet his son and successor, Amon forsook God.