Repentance

“Repentance” Sermon Outline:

2 Chronicles 33: Manasseh … did what was evil in the Lord’s sight … followed detestable practices of pagan nations … rebuilt pagan shrines … constructed altars for the images of baal.

Set up asherah poles … bowed before the powers of the heavens and worshiped them … built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord … sacrificed his own sons in the fire.

Practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft … consulted with mediums and psychics … He did much evil … provoked Lord’s anger.

Took a carved idol he had made and set it up in God’s Temple … led people to do evil … they ignored the Lord’s warnings … armies were sent against Manasseh … and he was taken prisoner.

 

Vs 12 – 13 Now when he was in affliction, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.”

There was a change of heart 

Rebuilt the outer wall of the city … stationed military officers in fortified towns … removed the foreign gods and the idol from the Lord’s Temple … tore down altars he had built … restored the Lord’s altar … encouraged people to worship the Lord.

 

He humbled himself

Kana = bend the knee; שח Shach = destroy the wall – humble, face down on ground humility

שוב Shoov = repent – destroy the house, burn the bridges behind you, leave nothing to go back for

 

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

 

Greek = metanoia – repentance … reformation …  reversal of decision … renew one’s actions!

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

 

New creature … new creation … become a new person … born again … the old life is gone … a new life has begun!

 

David’s prayer of repentance Psalm 51

 

Vs 1 – 4 Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.

Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight—That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.”

 

Vs 10 – 12 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”

 

Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying “I have sinned”.  Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes.

 

John preached repentance

 

Matthew 3:1-2 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,

 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

 

Yeshua preached repentance

 

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 

Greek = metanoeo – (turn, repent) think differently, reconsider.

 

Hope for our nation

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

 

Humble = shach   turn = shoov (repent) … He will hear, forgive, heal.

 

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