Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 4, 2015

“O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 33.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+33&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem.  2 He did evil in the sight of the Lord according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord dispossessed before the sons of Israel.  3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down;  he also erected altars for the Baals and made Asherim, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.  4 He built altars in the house of the Lord of which the Lord had said, “My name shall be in Jerusalem forever.”  5 For he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord.  6 He made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery and dealt with mediums and spiritists.  He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger.  7 Then he put the carved image of the idol which he had made in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever;  8 and I will not again remove the foot of Israel from the land which I have appointed for your fathers, if only they will observe to do all that I have commanded them according to all the law, the statutes and the ordinances given through Moses.”  9 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.

10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.  11 Therefore the Lord brought the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria against them, and they captured Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze chains and took him to Babylon.  12 When he was in distress, he entreated the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.  13 When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom.  Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.”   2 Chronicles 33:1-13.

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There was hope for Manasseh, even though he was very sinful.  And, there is hope for us too, even though we also are very sinful.

“1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
3 If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.
6 My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is lovingkindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
8 And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.”  Psalm chapter 130.


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