Manasseh's Metanoia

Kevin DeYoung

READ : 2 Chronicles 33

And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea. (v. 13 NIV)

Change is hard. We all make goals we don’t meet—exercise more, eat less, have a quiet time, turn off the TV. Sinful habits are especially hard to change: viewing pornography, for example, or spreading gossip. Repentance is hard work. It means more than regret or embarrassment for our mistakes. Repentance means sorrow for sin, confession of sin, and turning from sin. Repentance means metanoia, the Greek word for change of mind or direction.

Manasseh was a bad king, probably the worst king Judah ever had, at least the worst king who ruled long enough to do real damage. Most of Manesseh’s long reign was positively wicked. But toward the end of his life, the Lord broke his pride. Manessah prayed to the Lord and the Lord heard his prayer. Manesseh was a changed man.

Repentance is always an option. It’s never too late. Granted, Manasseh’s previous wickedness could not all be undone. He was still known as a bad king. But don’t miss the two miracles of this story. One, Manasseh changed after years of hardened sin. Two, God forgave. Come to Jesus and keep coming back. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.


Lord Jesus, thank you that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Amen.