Temple Baptist Church - 11-2-2014
2 Chronicles 32:32-33:25
A. This morning, I want to look at the life of Manasseh for a few minutes. His life reflects a right upbringing, rejection of that way of life, the depths of depravity, the amazing Grace of God, and the dangers of procrastination! Grace is something Manasseh knew a lot about and so do I. It is only by the grace of God that I stand in this pulpit saved and serving. My only regrets are that I did not get saved sooner and serve the Lord longer.
1. Grace Is Certainly Amazing - Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
2. Grace Is Certainly Adequate - Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
3. Grace Is Certainly Available – Lot and Manasseh! - 2 Peter 2:7-8 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) (These two men exemplified the amazing grace of God in the Old Testament. With Lot, we find God’s grace revealed in the New Testament and, with Manasseh, God’s amazing grace was revealed in the Old Testament.)
a) The last mention of Lot found him drunk, living in a cave, and have incestuous relationships with his daughters. In the New Testament, we find that God called him just, righteous, and godly. That is Positional Sanctification. A good lesson to learn from Lot is to never judge the salvation of another person.
b) In out text, we find that Manasseh ultimately turned to God in repentance and was gloriously saved. A good lesson to be learned with Manasseh is to never give up one a lost soul.
Let Us Now Look At Manasseh’s Life:
1. Manasseh Was Raised In A Godly Home. In our words, we would say that he had a father who was saved. Young person, what a privilege it is to have saved parents who raise you in a godly home!
a. Hezekiah Was A Man of Conversion – 2 Chronicles 29:1-2 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. (2) And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done. (Hezekiah knew the Lord his God)
**Interesting note: Hezekiah did right in spite of his father’s (Ahaz) wickedness. Manasseh did evil in spite of his father’s godliness. (2 Chronicles 28:1; 29:1-2)
b. Hezekiah Was A Man of Conviction – 2 Chronicles 29:3-19 (Hezekiah cleansed the Temple of God)
c. Hezekiah Was A Man of Character – 2 Chronicles 31:1 (Hezekiah stood for what was right and holy – tore down the idols)
d. Hezekiah Was A Man of Communion With God – 2 Chronicles 32:20 (Hezekiah spent productive time in prayer)
e. Hezekiah Was A Man of Confidence – 2 Chronicles 32:24 (Hezekiah prayed to God in sickness and was granted 15 more years – Manasseh saw this)
2. Manasseh Was Raised In A Good Church. Yes, I know it was the Temple but I am making some applications! Young people, what a privilege to be raised in a good, fundamental church!
a. They Cleansed The Temple – 2 Chronicles 29:3-19
b. They Restored Worship – 2 Chronicles 29”20-36
c. They Taught Salvation – 2 Chronicles 30:1-3
d. They Preached Repentance – 2 Chronicles 30:4-14
e. They Practiced Separation – 2 Chronicles 31:1
3. Manasseh Was Raised In A Time of Revival.
a. A Time Characterized By Repentance
b. A Time Characterized By Worship
A. The Wickedness of Manasseh – 2 Chronicles 33:1-10
1. He Lived Like The World – vs 2
2. He Worshiped Idols – vs 3
3. He Desecrated The Lord’s House – vs 4-5
4. He Destroyed The Children – vs 6a
5. He Got Involved In Satanism – vs 6b
6. He Had No Fear Of God – 6c
7. He Defiled The Land – vs 9
8. He Refused To Listen To The Lord – vs 10
B. The Judgment of Manasseh – 2 Chronicles 33:11
1. A Judgment Well Deserved – vs 11a “Wherefore”
2. A Judgment Well Orchestrated – vs 11b “God knows how to get your attention”
C. The Repentance of Manasseh – 2 Chronicles 33:12-13a
1. The Time of Repentance – 12a “when”
2. The Humility of Repentance – 12b
D. The Grace Shown To Manasseh – 2 Chronicles 33:13
1. The Lord Heard Him – vs 13 “intreated”
2. The Lord Delivered Him – “Jerusalem”
3. The Lord Saved Him – “Manasseh knew”
E. The Change Of Manasseh – 2 Chronicles 33:14-19
1. He Sanctified God’s House – vs 14-15
2. He Sacrificed To God – vs 16a
3. He Served God – vs 16b
F. The Regret of Manasseh – 2 Chronicles 33:17-25
1. His Nation Failed To Follow Manasseh – vs 17a “nevertheless”
2. The Judgment of God Upon Israel – 2 Kings 21:10-16
3. The Judgment Remained Even During Josiah’s Reign – 2 Kings 26-28
4. His Son Failed To Follow Manasseh – vs 21-22 “as did” “humbled not…as Manasseh”- He Followed The Bad Life, Not The Good
5. His Son Died Lost – vs 24