2 Kings 24:3–Surely at the command of the Lord it came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done.
Sin has consequences. God is Holy and cannot stand sin, so even though He loves us, He will still punish sin. Judah learned this, especially since they were continuing to practice these sins and had not repented. The Lord loves us and so He created a way for us to be made right with Him through Jesus Christ, but we have to choose to accept that gift. If we don’t, God will judge our sin.
Lord, You are Holy and righteous and just. You have created a way to receive Your forgiveness for my sins and I praise You for it. I pray You will open the hearts of others so that they will accept Your provision of forgiveness, too.