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God's amazing grace and the life of Manasseh. 2 Chronicles 33
God's amazing grace and the life of Manasseh
2 Chronicles 33

This morning we are going to finish up our study of the Book of Chronicles.

-Written by Ezra around 450 BC for the Jews returning from 70 years of captivity in Babylon
-Written to encourage the people that God still there God and that His promises were still theres to hold on to
-Written to encourage the people to seek after God and follow Him -as the faithful had done before
-Written to spur their hope in the coming of the Messiah/Jesus -who is the object of the entire Book of Chronicles-- for it traces the line that leads to Jesus

For our last study we are going to take a look at Judah's longest reigning King: Manasseh (55 years)

At the beginning of the week as I began to read 2 Chronicles 33 and the life of Manasseh I was ticked and couldn't help but think to myself- "If ever a person deserved to go to Hell- it's this guy"

BUT then I got a big surprise- for by the end of the chapter it's clear that Manessah is not in Hell but in Heaven.

To learn how this is possible, please turn with me to 2 Chronicles 33-- READ TEXT

LESSONS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE TEXT

1. As much as Manasseh deserved to go to Hell, so do we

Without a doubt Manasseh's sins were egregious and reprehensible

-Manasseh undid all the spiritual reforms of his godly father, rebuilding the false worship centres that his father had torn down
-Manasseh offered his children as sacrifices to a false god. He practiced diviniation, witchcraft. He sought omens, consulted mediums and spiritists
-Manasseh desecrated God's holy temple by placing idols in it
-Manasseh filled the streets with the blood of the righteous (2 Kings 21:16)
-Manasseh was not a private sinner either. In purposing to do evil, he went big, he went bold, he went public, and more than that he used his power to get others to join in with him. In short, Manasseh did everything he could to tick God off.

As bad as Manasseh was, we are all sinners and deserve the judgment of God. We have all broken God's laws and deserve judgment. (For lying, coveting, disobeying our parents, hating others, for taking what does not belong to us, for misusing God's name, for not rendering to God the worship and service He is due) Sin against God is sin. It is an act of rebellion, it is wickedness, it is evil. There is no one righteous, not one.


The first step towards salvation and peace with God is to recognize this: We are not good. We are sinners in need of a Savior. Such is a result of the convicting work of the Holy Spirit- who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and the judgment to come (John 16:8)

2. GOD'S MERCY IS AMAZING: Any person CAN BE SAVED.

Manasseh is proof that it doesn't matter what a person has done -if they repent of their sins, humble themselves before God and call upon Him in faith, looking to Jesus, they can be saved.

Saul of Tarsus- one time blasphemer and persecutor of the saints- is proof that anyone can be saved

John Newton, former slave trader, is proof that anyone can be saved

Now it's time to put your name into that sentence!

We are not to write off anyone as it regards the possibility of their being saved. Heaven is filled with sinners saved by grace-- people who are trophies of God's grace.

Christ's shed blood and work on the cross is more than sufficient for the forgiveness of any person and their sins.

1 Peter 3:18 says; "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."

If you are not a follower of Jesus- here the call of Christ. Repent and put your faith in Him as Savior and Lord.

3. GOD HAS MORE THAN ONE WAY OF GETTING OUR ATTENTION AND BRINGING PEOPLE TO HIMSELF see v.10-11

Note the grace of how in how he first reached out to Manasseh v.10

Yet God's first attempts (His gentle ones) to get Manasseh to follow him were not successful/didn't bear fruit. Verse 10 says; "The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention"

The wise person hears the Word of God- of the glory of God, of His Wonders, of His Majesty, of His worthiness of worship and service, of their sin, of the judgment to come and of the eternal danger they are in, of the love of God in sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross for us- and comes in faith and repentance to Him.

Not all are wise though.

Manasseh rejected the initial calls of God and so God- wishing for all time to hold up Manasseh as a trophy of His grace- got Manasseh's attention by other means

For his sin and his refusal to repent our text says; "So the Lord brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles and took him to Babylon."

From this, the most amazing thing happened- Manasseh then repented of his sin.

Verse 12-13 says; "In his distress he sought the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors. And when he prayed to him, the Lord was moved by his entreaty and listened to his plea; so he brought him back to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is God.

GOD tries to get our attention in a variety of ways. A lesson from Manasseh is this: Don't be stubborn, hear the Word of God and obey it. We are not to be like a mule that might have to be whacked with a stick to get it to go where it should

4. TRUE FAITH, TRUE REPENTANCE, SHOWS ITSELF IN THE WAY WE LIVE

I recently talked to a gentlemen and from what it seemed, having Jesus in your life was like having a get out of jail free card- for once you prayed to him and asked him for the forgiveness of your sins, you could get back to doing whatever you wanted.

In James 1:17 we are told that "faith without works is dead".

In Matthew 3:8 we are told to "produce fruit in keeping with repentance"

As the followers of Christ, the fruit of repentance is to be in our lives. As such, we are to hate sin, love Christ, tell others about Jesus. We are to grow, not by our own strength but through Christ in us, in love, joy, peace, patience, long suffering (such is the fruit of the Spirit). Generosity, grace, forgiveness, are to mark us. When people see us, they need to see glimpses of the character of Christ in us.


5. IF YOU'VE MADE A COMMITMENT TO CHRIST AND ARE STRUGGLING WITH YOUR SENSE OF SURETY REGARDING YOUR SALVATION, THE ACCOUNT OF MANASSEH'S CONVERSION OUGHT TO CHEER YOU

None of us are worthy of God's grace. All of us who are in Christ are so by faith and we are ever sinners saved by grace.

Though Satan stands to accuse us, we have in Jesus an advocate and friend

Let us consider these verses that we might be encouraged together

1 John 5:11-13 "God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Jude 1:24 says; "Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,"

John 5:24 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life."

Romans 8:38-39 "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Philippians 1:6b "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."


CLOSING SONG: AMAZING GRACE

BENEDICTION:

Philippians 1:6b "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."