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15. Manasseh: King of Second Chances

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This is the fifteenth audio message for the Heroes & Villains series.

Abstract

The Book of Chronicles was written to a people who were desperately in need of a second chance. So of all the kings described, Manasseh was probably the one they paid attention to the closest. Manasseh was a wicked king who experienced divine consequences for his unrighteousness. In response to this discipline, he turned around and pursued the Lord and righteousness. Like the Prodigal Son, he was offered a gracious second chance . . . and he took it. Many of us have experienced a second chance (and a third, and a fourth...). We are each either facing a second chance sometime in the future, or we are on the other side of one. Wherever we find ourselves, the life of Manasseh teaches us how to properly prepare for—and respond to—God’s gracious second chance.