2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. 3 He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles*. 4 He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to obey His laws and commands. 5 He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him.
* wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah; here and elsewhere in 2 Chronicles
2 Chronicles 14:2-5
On Thursday Rehoboam was king of Judah, so how did we get to King Asa? We have to go back to chapter eleven and discover Rehoboam’s second wife, Maakah, bore him his fourth son Abijah who he appointed as crown prince among his brothers, in order to make him king (v22). Next in chapter twelve we find King Rehoboam did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God. As a result He handed Judah and Jerusalem over to King Shishak of Egypt. However, Rehoboam and the leaders (elders) humbled themselves before the Lord. As a result
7 When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance. My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak. 8 They will, however, become subject to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands.”
2 Chronicles 14:7-8
From chapter thirteen we find 1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam, Abijah became king of Judah, 2 and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. He only reigned three years, but in that time he relied upon God and in a great battle with Jeroboam his army – after calling upon God – inflicted great losses upon the northern kingdom’s army. In fact
19 Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took from him the towns of Bethel, Jeshanah and Ephron, with their surrounding villages. 20 Jeroboam did not regain power during the time of Abijah. And the Lord struck him down and he died.
2 Chronicles 13:19-20
It was after this great victory in chapter fourteen we find
Abijah rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. Asa his son succeeded him as king, and in his days the country was at peace for ten years.
2 Chronicles 14:1
The reasons Asa had peace for ten years are given in our verses of the day. Let’s look at them one by one.
- 2 Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.
- 3 He removed the foreign altars and the high places,
- 3b [He] smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.
- 4 He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors,
- 4b [He commanded Judah] to obey His laws and commands.
We are told above how Asa led Judah to do what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God, but how are we to do the same?
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.
2 Corinthians 18-20a
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
This should be enough of an answer to get us started as we enter the weekend and prepare to go to church for prayer, worship, fellowship, and hearing the word of God taught.