Sunday Message Summary, 12 June 2022
Manasseh came from a rich spiritual ancestry. His father, King Hezekiah, had a special place in the heart of GOD. However, when Manasseh became king, he failed his father and GOD dismally. He went and undid the good things his father had done for the LORD, and he did even worse. He went against GOD directly and defied GOD publicly, before any and all (2 Chronicles 33:1-7). Manasseh did more evil than pagan nations that did not know GOD (2 Chronicles 33:9). Manasseh was so captured into sin that he became helpless and hopeless. This is what happens to us when although in our hearts we have determined to stop sin, we find ourselves not able to stop.
After Manasseh had seduced Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem away from GOD, and he was in the affliction which GOD had allowed because they would not listen to Him, Manasseh implored the LORD and humbled himself greatly before Him (2 Chronicles 33:10-12). We learn from this that GOD permits difficulty, suffering and pain in order to rein us in. Sometimes it is necessary for GOD to speak to us through pain, affliction, and suffering. In the pain and sorrow, GOD is still trying to get our attention. When we sin and fall, the next thing that comes from GOD is not punishment, but GOD calls us from the deep pits in which we have fallen. GOD does not punish His children, but He pursues His children.
GOD is long-suffering towards His children, and He cannot resist a man or woman who humble themselves before Him. We might have bottomed out, but GOD remembers us in our lowly state. Even at our lowest points, we are still not rejected by GOD, but GOD has come to liberate His people who are captured by sin. GOD reached out to Manasseh, a prophet-slayer, showing great mercy to him. Not only did GOD forgive Manasseh, but He redeemed him out of captivity. It was one thing to forgive Manasseh, but GOD also reinstated him (2 Chronicles 33:13). Manasseh is a great example that GOD does not look into our past to decide our future (2 Chronicles 33:18-19). It is not about how well we start, but how we end, so we should not lament the past. There is yet a greater today and a greater tomorrow. It is in Christ Jesus our LORD and Savior.
Sin will always lead to great loss, sorrow, and destruction. The end is death, but GOD does not desire that any should perish. It is sin that separates us from GOD, but He is calling us to reason together with Him. No matter what we have done, GOD is equal to the task. When we humble ourselves, confess and repent of our wrongs, GOD always forgives and reinstates us. The fruit of forgiveness is repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). When we genuinely ask forgiveness, we will change our ways, so true forgiveness is followed by acts of repentance.
GOD does not look into our past to decide our future