Text: II Chronicles 33
The story of Manasseh is one of my favorites. It begins with an evil king, a very evil king, and ends up with humble servant of God. It is about having a change of heart. If you don’t believe that people can change, you should read the story of Manasseh, because if he can change, anyone can.
If God is willing to give people a second chance, even people as evil as Manasseh, shouldn’t we?
1. Manasseh was evil.
Just how evil was he?
He worshiped everything except God.
He sacrificed his own children to false idols.
He put his confidence everything except God.
He placed false idols in the house of God.
He taught and influenced God’s people to be like him.
We can sometimes get caught up in a life of sin. Most of us never intend to do wrong, but sin attracts us, seduces us and one little wrong step gets us stuck in a life of sin, and we don’t know how to get out of it.
You may know someone like this, but don’t think that it is too late for them, or turn you back on them because God does not, neither should we.
2. Manasseh ignored God’s attempts to get through to him.
Sometimes we ignore God too, and sometimes we may not even be aware that God is trying to get through to us because we ignore those who are trying to reach out to us.
If you know someone like this who just won’t listen to reason, don’t give up on them. God never gave up on Manasseh, He doesn’t give up on us, and we shouldn’t give up on others. Keep praying for them, trusting God.
3. Manasseh is punished.
Like any good parent, sometimes God has to discipline us to get our attention.
4. Manasseh has a change of heart.
Manasseh humbles himself to God. His horrible predicament wakes him up and makes him remember the God of his fathers and he prays to God, the same God that he insulted and turned his back on. But, God didn’t hold a grudge against Manasseh. God didn’t say “It is too late, you should have listened to Me.” God was allowing Manasseh to still live and while he yet lived, God was giving him the time and opportunity to make things right. God is like that with us all.
Verses about God blessing us better than we deserve–see Psalm 103?
5. God hears Manasseh’s prayer and restores him.
Not only did God hear Manasseh’s prayer, but God answered that prayer. Not only did God allow Manasseh to get out of jail—that would have been enough–but God went way beyond that and restored everything to Manasseh.
6. Manasseh’s outward changes reflected his change of heart.
Manasseh worked to repair all the wrong he had done. He showed his change of heart through his actions. He put his actions where his mouth spoke to God. His plea to God had not been some jailhouse confession. He committed himself to what he had prayed to God.
7. The record of Manasseh
We too have a record of our deeds, whether they be good or bad. “Our deeds follow us”