2 Chronicles 33* Manasseh's and repentance. (1-20) Amon's wicked reign inJudah. (21-25)1-20 We have seen Manasseh's wickedness; here we have hisrepentance, and a memorable instance it is of the riches ofGod's pardoning mercy, and the power of his renewing grace.Deprived of his liberty, separated from his evil counsellors andcompanions, without any prospect but of ending his days in awretched prison, Manasseh thought upon what had passed; he beganto cry for mercy and deliverance. He confessed his sins,condemned himself, was humbled before God, loathing himself as amonster of impiety and wickedness. Yet he hoped to be pardonedthrough the abundant mercy of the Lord. Then Manasseh knew thatJehovah was God, able to deliver. He knew him as a God ofsalvation; he learned to fear, trust in, love, and obey him.From this time he bore a new character, and walked in newness oflife. Who can tell what tortures of conscience, what pangs ofgrief, what fears of wrath, what agonizing remorse he endured,when he looked back on his many years of apostacy and rebellionagainst God; on his having led thousands into sin and perdition;and on his blood-guiltiness in the persecution of a number ofGod's children? And who can complain that the way of heaven isblocked up, when he sees such a sinner enter? Say the worstagainst thyself, here is one as bad who finds the way torepentance. Deny not to thyself that which God hath not deniedto thee; it is not thy sin, but thy impenitence, that barsheaven against thee. 21-25 Amon's father did ill, but he did worse. Whateverwarnings or convictions he had, he never humbled himself. He wassoon cut off in his sins, and made a warning for all men not toabuse the example of God's patience and mercy to Manasseh, as anencouragement to continue in sin. May God help us to be honestto ourselves, and to think aright respecting our own character,before death fixes us in an unchangeable state.
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