by David Cawston

Unlocking the Flood Gates of God's Grace
David Cawston
Romans 5:20-21

There is a powerful story told in 2 Kings Chapter 21 about a man we never hear much about.
His name was Manasseh.

He fits in with guys like Attilia the Hun, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Edie Amin and Sadam Hussein.

If you crossed Manasseh, you paid and you paid big time.
Manasseh favorite color was red, as in blood red.
This guy had no mercy.
He was hell on wheels.
He had a hair trigger for anyone you interested in obeying God.

In Manasseh we see a man who probably was one of the wickedest, bloodiest and most rebellious men that ever had lived.

And yet it is amazing that he changed his direction 180 degrees.

Manasseh was raised in the house of Hezekiah, who was a very obedient and honest king before God.
A godly king.
But Manasseh did not walk with God.

II Kings 21:1
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. (NKJ)

That is a long time by anyone's standards; especially in those days.

II Kings 21:2
2 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.(NKJ)

It says that he did the kind of evil that was in the promised land, the land of Canaan before Joshua and his troops arrived: sexual perversion, child sacrifice etc.

II Kings 21:3
3 For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.(NKJ)

The high places were places on tops of the hills, where people had religious ceremonies.
He erected pagan gods, such as Baal, and Asher poles which were wooden symbols of a female deity. They were sexual in nature, for the worship of Baal was aligned with the worship of sex.

II Kings 21:4 & 5
4 He also built altars in the house of the L ...

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