2 Chronicles 33:1-17
The birth of Jesus means…you are always forgiven and accepted.
How does the story of Manasseh’s life apply to the story of your life?
For the Next Lesson: 2 Chronicles 33:1-17
1. Read verses 1-9. How is the reign of Manasseh summarized in verses 1-2? Take a few moments to list the different ways Manasseh’s reign was evil from verses 3-9. Which of these offenses sticks out to you and/or offends you the most? Why do you think Manasseh made these choices? Are the sins of Manasseh more offensive to God than the sin in your life? Why or why not?
2. Read verses 10-11. What did God do first in response to Manasseh’s choices? What did God do next? Do you think God was justified in his responses? Why or why not? (See also verses 7, 8.)
3. Read verses 12-13. How did Manasseh react to God’s discipline? How would you describe Manasseh’s heart and attitude? How did God feel about Manasseh’s response? What do God’s actions teach you about the nature of God?
4. Read verses 14-17. What actions did Manasseh take that reflect his changed heart? Does a changed heart always lead to changed actions? Why or why not?
5. So what. Notice the progression of this story: sin, discipline, repentance, life change. How do you respond when you become aware of sin in your life? Do you seek the favor, grace and forgiveness of God? Do you humble yourself before God? Does your heart change result in life change? How does God respond when we humble ourselves before Him? How does what you learn from Manasseh influence the way you relate to God in the midst of your imperfections?