2 Chronicles 33:10-17

30 12 2010

2 Chronicles 33:10) And the LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they would not listen.

2 Chronicles 33:11) Therefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh with hooks (Nose Hooks), bound him with bronze fetters, and carried him off to Babylon.

2 Chronicles 33:12) Now when he was in affliction, he implored the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,

2 Chronicles 33:13) and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.

2 Chronicles 33:14) After this he built a wall outside the City of David on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate; and it enclosed Ophel, and he raised it to a very great height. Then he put military captains in all the fortified cities of Judah.

2 Chronicles 33:15) He took away the foreign gods and the idol from the house of the LORD, and all the altars that he had built in the mount of the house of the LORD and in Jerusalem; and he cast them out of the city.

2 Chronicles 33:16) He also repaired the altar of the LORD, sacrificed peace offerings and thank offerings on it, and commanded Judah to serve the LORD God of Israel.

2 Chronicles 33:17) Nevertheless the people still sacrificed on the high places, but only to the LORD their God.

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Talk about pain… being bound in bronze and being led away with hooks in your nose… Ouch.  But if it takes a sledge-hammer to wake me up to what God wants me to do, then bang my head like a drum.  Actively ignoring God’s will is something that most people do… even if we refuse to admit it.  When someone sin’s we “Christians” are ready to get up on our soap boxes and raise our repentance rock and bash them over the heads with their sins, refusing to admit that if they’ve asked forgiveness from God in prayer, before revealing their sins to their brothers and sisters, that they’re already forgiven… oh no no no, “we” have to help them repent and remind them that they have sinned.  “It is not for us to judge lest we be judged” Sound familiar.  It is for us to stand with them and repent for we to have sinned, everyone from the pastor, priest, or cardinal, to the drug addict, prostitute, and the gang leader.  I know what your thinking, “How can he compare me to ‘them’?! I’m much better than that!” But I ask you which sins are greater before God?  They are all equally damning.  So pray for forgiveness and for understanding and acceptance.

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