The rest of the acts of Manasseh, his prayer to his God, and the words of the seers who spoke to him in the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, can be found written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
His prayer and how his supplication was heard, all his sins and his infidelity, the sites where he built high places and erected sacred poles and carved images before he humbled himself, all can be found written down in the history of his seers.1 -- 2 Chronicles 33:18-19 (NAB)
"For I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sins no more." -- Hebrews 8:12 (NAB), quoting Jeremiah 31:34.We finished last week with Manasseh's conversion, if you will, as captured in 2 Chronicles. And it struck me as odd that his sins, which God has promised to forget, were recorded, set down in writing, in a work that, as it happens, has been lost to history.
But the biblical account of his sins endures. Are the sins really forgotten?
Whose sins can we recount? David's, certainly. Those of Peter and Paul, yes. Those of the church at Corinth? Yes. And the church at Laodicea? Sure.
To paraphrase 2 Peter 3:4, where is the promise of His forgetting?
For another study, I read from the NJBC on Hebrews 7, on Melchizedek [p. 932]:
"According to a principle of rabbinic exegesis, what is not mentioned in the Torah does not exist."2Which may be the principle at work in Mary's sinless reputation, among other things.
Myself, I am beginning to see how Marcion may have come up with his canon.
1 see Hozai
2 [H. Strack and] P. Billerbeck, Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch (6 vols.; Munich, 1922-61), 3. 693-95.