Perhaps one of the most evil ancient rulers was the man called Manasseh who is written about in the Bible, who was the king of Judah after his father Hezekiah (who actually was considered to be a good king). This man Manasseh was responsible for the deaths of many innocent people. Here are some of the passages we read concerning him in the Bible:
“Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal.” (2 Kings 23:26)
“Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this (judgment) upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did.” (2 Kings 24:3)
“Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.’ Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.” (2 Kings 21:12-16)
So we see that Manasseh performed great evil in the sight of God and man. Now the question is, can such a man be redeemed and find forgiveness with God, ever? Well, the answer to that question is found a little later on, where we discover that due to the judgments that came down upon him by God, that Manasseh realized there was “no way out except God”. Somehow, through it all, he remembered that God did exist, and that he himself did not have the final say: God did. For we read of Manasseh after he did all these terrible things:
“And [Manasseh] prayed unto [God]: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.” (2 Chronicles 33:13)
What happened? Quite simply, Manasseh repented. You see my friends, it is never too late. No, Manasseh obviously did not commit ‘blasphemy against the Holy Spirit’ even amidst such terrible wrongdoings. Manasseh was forgivable — still.
Now can Timothy McVeigh be forgiven for what he did? I hope the answer is obvious. Please, will you join with me in praying for the salvation of Timothy McVeigh from now until June 11th, at which time he is due to be executed. It isn’t for no reason, my friends, that Timothy McVeigh’s execution has been delayed a month as it has. God is just as interested in the salvation of Timothy McVeigh as he is in the salvation of everyone else in this very troubled world in which we live. Now, will you please pray?
“For it is appointed unto man once to die, and then the judgment”. (Hebrews 9:27)