After Hezekiah brings great spiritual revival to Judah, his son, Manasseh takes the throne for 55 years. But unlike his father, Manasseh, “[does] that which is evil in the sight of the LORD…So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants to err, and to do worse than the heathen” (2 Chronicles 33:2, 9). He erected altars to all the host of heaven in the house of the LORD, sacrificed his children to false gods, and even used witchcraft (2 Chronicles 33: 5, 6). Yet, the LORD, “not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9) even after speaking to Manasseh to no avail (2 Chronicles 33:10), decides to teach the king a lesson in captivity. The Assyrians bind the king with fetters and carry him to Babylon. And there at his lowest point, Manasseh, “[humbles] himself greatly before the God of his fathers” (2 Chronicles 33:12).
Now, Manasseh does not just humble himself, but he, “[humbles] himself greatly” (2 Chronicles 33:12). The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines greatly as an adverb meaning, “to a great extent or degree: very much.” See, Manasseh realized that he had wrought much folly in Judah and Jerusalem. So, he like the woman that washes Jesus’ feet with tears; wipes His feet with her hair; kisses Jesus’ feet; anoints His head with oil; and is forgiven much and loves and much (Luke 7:44-47); had sinned much. Manasseh had exalted himself much. As he had uplifted self, and other idols, he had to abase himself before the LORD. For according to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: Complete and Unbridged the Hebrew word used for humble is kâna which means to, “to bend the knee; hence to humiliate, vanquish:–bring down (low), into subjection, under, humble (self), subdue.” The king had oppose the upward motion of self exaltation, and bring himself low. The LORD then hears his supplication and restores Manasseh to the throne in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 33:13). Thus, Manasseh has a personal encounter with God (2 Chronicles 33:13).
While our sins may not be as overt as Manasseh’s, his life recorded in the Bible as our example. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord. Let us seek His face and repent from our wicked ways. The LORD is longsuffering, but let us not take His character (Exodus 34:5-7) for granted. Time is short, and there is a work for us to do.