Chronicles 33:7-13 (NLT)
7 Manasseh even took a carved idol he had made and set it up in God’s Temple, the very place where God had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem—the city I have chosen from among all the tribes of Israel. 8 If the Israelites will be careful to obey my commands—all the laws, decrees, and regulations given through Moses—I will not send them into exile from this land that I set aside for your ancestors.” 9 But Manasseh led the people of Judah and Jerusalem to do even more evil than the pagan nations that the Lord had destroyed when the people of Israel entered the land. 10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they ignored all his warnings. 11 So the Lord sent the commanders of the Assyrian armies, and they took Manasseh prisoner. They put a ring through his nose, bound him in bronze chains, and led him away to Babylon. 12 But while in deep distress, Manasseh sought the Lord his God and sincerely humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. 13 And when he prayed, the Lord listened to him and was moved by his request. So the Lord brought Manasseh back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh finally realized that the Lord alone is God!
These verses are about the reign of Manasseh who ruled from the age of 12 until the age of 67. This chapter of Chronicles documents his movement away from God, his turning to idols and all the wickedness that took place during his reign. Then he fell from the grace of God and Manasseh was led off like an animal after ignoring all of God’s warnings. But the good news is that it shows the mercy and grace of God who watched as Manasseh humbled himself; repented; and returned to God. God restored his rule and Manasseh realized that God alone is the Lord.
Manasseh surely thought all was hopeless as he was bound in chains and a led off with a ring in his nose like an animal. It says he was in deep distress during this time. 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 tells us, “With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching we passed on to you both in person and by letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” Manasseh returned to the teaching of the Lord and he sought after God with a humble and repentant spirit. God had grace upon Manasseh as he stood strong in God’s word. And God comforted him and restored him to a place where he could carry out God’s word. God’s love for Manasseh was evident as He waited on Manasseh to return to Him.