2 Chronicles 13-16
The Kings of Judah, cont’d. 2 Chronicles 10:1-36:21
2 Chronicles 13:1-22…Abijah becomes King of Judah (913-911)
2 Chronicles 13:1-22-There is war with Israel...Abijah tells Israel that they have forsaken the LORD and that He is fighting for Judah, but they refuse to listen. He comments on their golden calves and their false priests…telling them that God is with them, and not with Israel. The battle begins and Judah kills 500,000 out of Israel’s 800,000 soldiers and wins. The LORD struck Jeroboam and he died (:20).
2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14…Asa becomes King of Judah (911-870)
1 Chronicles 14:1-7-Abijah dies and his son, Asa becomes king of Judah. There was peace for 10 years because Asa did "good and right in the sight of the LORD his God" (:1-2). He removed the high places. Asa attributes their success and peace to the LORD.
1 Chronicles 14:8-15-Judah had 580,000 soldiers. Zerah the Ethiopian attacked Judah (with 1 million men). Judah called on the LORD and He gave them victory.
1 Chronicles 15:1-19The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Obed and he told Asa that, "the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you" (:2). There was a revival among the people of Judah...to the extent that many from Israel moved there, so that they too could worship the LORD properly
1 Chronicles 16:1-10-In the 36th year of Asa's reign, King Baasha of Israel prepared to attack Judah. Asa sent to Ben-hadad king of Aram, sending him gifts and asking him to break his alliance with Israel and join him in the fight. He agreed and attacked Israel. As a result, Baasha stopped his preparations to attack Judah. Hanani the seer came to Asa and told him that because he had depended on Ben-hadad and not God, that Ben-hadad has escaped his control. He would have defeated Israel and Aram if he had depended on God. This made Asa mad, so he put Hanani in prison and he oppressed some of the people.
1 Chronicles 16:11-14-In his 39th year Asa developed a disease in his feet. He sought help from the physicians and not the LORD. He ruled for 40 years and then died.
Prayer: Lord, Asa was doing so well. He made the right choice and trusted You when immense odds were against him. And yet, there came a time when he was confronted for making a wrong choice and instead of repenting he allowed his pride to control him. That pride haunted him even to the grave. It seems that He forgot that You were the source of his success and blessings and began to think too highly of himself. Please help me to always be mindful that You are the source of all good things, of all blessings. Don’t let me become prideful and to give credit to myself that belongs to You.