Even under the law we see evidence of grace.
Most of those who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun had not purified themselves. But King Hezekiah prayed for them, and they were allowed to eat the Passover meal anyway, even though this was contrary to the requirements of the Law. For Hezekiah said, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon those who decide to follow the Lord, the God of their ancestors, even though they are not properly cleansed for the ceremony.” And the Lord listened to Hezekiah’s prayer and healed the people. 2 Chronicles 30:18–20
Why do we see grace here?
Grace was not shown when Uzziah pridefully tried to burn incense before the Lord – he became a leper.
Grace was not shown when Amaziah bowed down to worship idols he had captured – he reaped what he had sown.
Grace was not shown when Joash murdered the son of his mentor – he became the first king of Judah to be assassinated.
Why is grace shown here? (It’s misplaced…it was for after the cross)
Why didn’t Hezekiah’s forefather’s experience grace like he did?
Let’s answer the second question first.