FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 33:9-13
In 2 Chronicles 33:9-13 we find possibly the most perverse King in the Old Testament, although he was neck-and-neck with Ahab. Verses 9-12 state, “So Manasseh seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel. And the Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen. Therefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks, bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon. Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,…” The power of affliction is the only thing that could turn a king like Manasseh around. Now the stunning thing about this passage is what we discover in verse 13 – that God’s mercy was there for Manasseh if he would turn. God’s mercy was there if he would turn and he did. It was affliction that broke the arrogance and brought him into repentance. God responded to that by putting him back as leader of Israel – only this time with a very different heart. There is an answer here for senators, representatives, governors and most definitely for presidents. The afflicting Hand of God will break the arrogance, pride and commitment to sin and perversion when they face Jesus the Judge they will bow in order to escape burning. Manasseh did and he was called the worst in the Old Testament. Just as God knew what it took to deal with Manasseh, He knows what it takes to deal with our leaders today. And by the Spirit we can participate in praying this into action! That is one responsibility of teaching ministries and apostolic ministries in the last days – to demonstrate the judicial Christ and to impart it to the church. Otherwise we will not be prepared for the end-times. Are you prepared?