Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 33; John 4
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Chronicles 33:1-17
A couple of weeks ago, we read what many call the faith hall of fame. It is a list in Hebrews of some of the greatest people of faith in the Bible. Today we read the story of Manasseh, one of the kings of Judah, who could arguably be placed on an opposite list of some of the “worst” people in the Bible. When we look at his 55-year reign as king we see that it was marked by sin. Manasseh worshiped other gods (Vs. 3) and desecrated the temple (Vss. 4-5). He practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft. (Vs. 6) He even sacrificed his own children in fire. (Vs. 6) As we read about his life, it is pretty easy to believe that Manasseh might have fallen outside of God’s grace, and while it is true that his sins angered God (Vs. 6), Manasseh’s story is actually one of redemption. When the king of Assyria took Manasseh prisoner and exiled him to Babylon, an amazing thing happened in his life. We read, “In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 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.” (Vss. 12-13)
All of us have some things in our pasts that we are not proud of. Some of us might even have past sins that we believe are “too terrible” to be forgiven by God. The amazing thing about God’s grace, though, is that He can and will forgive all of our sins, no matter how bad we believe them to be. In fact, Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:31-32 that there is only one sin that cannot be forgiven. This sin, called blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, is one that many of us worry we have committed, but that is not possible. The simple act of worrying that we have committed this sin is an irrefutable sign that we have not. Since we know we have not blasphemed the Holy Spirit, we can safely say that nothing else we have ever done or can ever do falls outside of God’s grace and mercy. Do not believe the lie that the worst things you have ever done cannot be forgiven. All of our sins, even our worst ones, can be nailed to the cross of Christ. All of us can be forgiven. All of us can be redeemed. That is the beauty of God’s amazing grace.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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