New Beginnings: Coming Back

By Sean Finnegan

Throughout Scripture we find examples of those who fell away from their obedience to God and then came back.  Doing so requires honesty, repentance, and accepting
God’s forgiveness.

2 Chronicles 33:1-6   Manasseh was not only the longest reigning king of Judah, but also the worst of all time.  He built high places to worship Baal, installed an altar to the host of heaven in the temple courtyard, and even burned his children as sacrifices.

2 Chronicles 33:7-10   Then Manasseh took it one step further and put an idol right in the temple itself.  He carried out more evil in his reign than the nations that God had evicted from the land before Israel arrived.  God tried to reach wicked Manasseh, but he wouldn’t listen.

2 Chronicles 33.11-13   Even though Manasseh had done so much evil for so long, when he humbled himself and prayed, God forgave him and restored him.  This shows us the extravagant capacity of God’s forgiveness.  If He will forgive an evil man who burned his children alive in a pagan sacrifice, He can forgive you—if you will humble yourself and pray (Ezekiel 33:10-11; 2 Peter 3:9).

2 Samuel 11:1-5   David gave into his lustful desires and committed adultery with Bathsheba.  This sin was particularly treacherous because her husband and father played important roles in defending David’s reign.

2 Samuel 11:6-27   When David’s deceptive plots failed to manipulate Uriah into thinking the child was his own, he premeditated Uriah’s murder, sending instructions to the commander by Uriah’s own hand.

2 Samuel 12:1-14   Nathan confronted David by telling a parable about a wealthy person who stole his poor neighbor’s ewe lamb.  Instead of defending himself or executing Nathan, he repented of his sin.  (See Psalm 51.)

2 Corinthians 7:8-10   Godly grief produces repentance, leading to salvation.  If we confess, He is faithful to forgive and cleanse (1 John 1:9).  Still, we must accept His forgiveness and come back to Him.

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