Monday, April 03, 2006

Day 41: Asa

2 Chronicles 14-16

- king Asa brought peace to Judah for 10 years and did what was right in the eyes of God.
- he broke down idols and built up fortified cities.
- Judah fought against the Cushites and defeated them after Asa prayed to God for help.

"The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you." 2 Chron. 15:2

- king Asa gathered together all Judah and Benjamin and the anyone from the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who were living with them.
- they made sacrifices to God and entered a covanent to seek the Lord with all of their heart and soul. Anyone who refused this covanent was put to death.
- the peace ended when Asa tried to take matters into his own hands by making peace with the king of Aram to solve a problem rather than asking God for help. His last years were spent at war.
- from then on it seems that Asa was bitter and refused to turn to the Lord. He contracted some foot disease but he refused to ask God for healing.

Asa started off so well but it seems that after screwing up he let bitterness overwhelm him and he refused to admit his error and repent. He was even reminded by Azariah that if he forsook God, God would forsake him.



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