The Point of No Return – 2 Kings 21

55 years of the worst king Judah ever had. To bring it into perspective “Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the LORD had destroyed before the Israelites”(v.9). Not only was he the worst, but his actions seem seal to Judah’s fate.

I feel like this raises a bunch of questions. Here are three that came up for me:

  1. How did Manasseh turn out so bad when his dad ‘did what was right in the eyes of the Lord’(2 Kg 18:3)?
  2. Was God’s grace to Israel conditional? (v.7-8)
  3. In light of what you think about 2. How would you describe God’s grace towards us today?
  4. What does It mean for God to ‘forsake the remnant of my inheritance’ (v.14)? Especially in light of the fact that ‘Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnantwill be saved.’ (Rom 9:27; Isaiah 9:27)

I was wondering what your thoughts were?

Pete L

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4 thoughts on “The Point of No Return – 2 Kings 21

  1. Thank you Peter. Great questions. I feel like I’m meant to help with q1. I’ll leave others better qualified to answer the other 3 questions.

    God has no grandchildren. We can be brought up in a God fearing home with godly parents and yet we ourselves can turn our back on Jesus – I did. Sin is something in each of us and each of us has free will. We can not be guaranteed salvation just because our parents are saved. Growing up in a Christian home has its advantages for sure but its no ticket to get into Heaven for free. Each person needs the saving work of Jesus for themselves. We should all have a testimony to share about our salvation some more dramatic than others. None the less there is something that very encouraging about Gods mercy and grace when you hear the stories of prodigals who have come to their senses and found their back to the loving arms of their heavenly Father. You never forget who you were before you’re saved. Like Matthew in the Bible he addresses himself as Matthew the tax collector. I too want to keep at the forefront of my mind of who I was before i found forgiveness at the cross of Christ – promiscuous, selfish, lover of money, slanderer, idolator………. but then also remembering that in Christ we are a new creation the old has gone behold the new has arrived!!

    • Thank you so much for sharing this Connie, I’m sorry I didn’t see it sooner. I appreciate your honesty 🙂

  2. Hi Pete. Thanks for your questions. I will offer a response to qu 4, from a wonderful little book i read recently called “The Faces of Jesus” by Frederick Buechner.
    “Throughout all these centuries there were always the prophets thundering out at king and people to remember their ancient mission to be the kingdom of priests that God had called them to be, but each time the prophetic cry went largely unheeded, and each time Israel went down to another defeat with only a remnant of the pious left to be, as Isaiah put it, a green branch growing out of a hewn stump. Remnant led to remnant until finally, in terms of New Testament faith, the remnant became just Jesus and his twelve disciples. When the last of the disciples abandoned him, the remnant became just Jesus himself.
    The kingdom of priests was reduced at last to this One, who was both priest and sacrifice…Jesus is all Jews and in a sense also the only Jew as he hangs below the purple sky. It is out of his passion that the church will be born as the new Israel, a kingdom of priests at last.”
    The new Israel is of course utterly inclusive, a place where both Jew and Gentile can belong through grace, and participate in the ancient mission to bless the world.
    Keep asking great questions.
    Jane

    • Hi Jane,

      I’m sorry I didn’t see this sooner that quote is epically good!!

      Thanks heaps for that!

      Peter L

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