The stories of Daniel, Joseph and Moses are quite an inspiration. They are included in the Bible as an example of how God rewards faithfulness to Him.
However, the stories of wicked Kings Manaseh, Ahab and wayward Mary Magdalene serves an equally important purpose.
These stories are to give us hope when Satan tempts us to believe that we are too sinful to call upon the name of the Lord.
Manaseh rebelled against the Lord for 50+ years. Yet, when he called on the Lord, the Lord heard Him. 2 Chronicles 33:10–12
After King Ahab killed Naboth and took away his vineyard, God sent Elijah to declare judgment against King Ahab’s house. When Ahab heard these words, he humbled himself and sought to the Lord for mercy. And God heard the prayer of King Ahab (1 Kings 21:17- 28).
Jesus cast 7 demons out of Mary Magdalene, each on 7 different occasion.
While we should not take God’s grace for granted, these incidents help us to understand that God is very merciful to the sinner. According to His word to Ezekiel, “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 33:11 (KJV 1900)
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