Sunday, June 8, 2014

King Asa - beginning and end

King Asa's beginning
1Ki 15:9  In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa began to reign over Judah,
1Ki 15:10  and he reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
1Ki 15:11  And Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as David his father had done.
1Ki 15:12  He put away the male cult prostitutes out of the land and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
1Ki 15:13  He also removed Maacah his mother from being queen mother because she had made an abominable image for Asherah. And Asa cut down her image and burned it at the brook Kidron.
1Ki 15:14  But the high places were not taken away. Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true to the LORD all his days.

King Asa's end
2Ch 16:7  At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, "Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you.
2Ch 16:8  Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, he gave them into your hand.
2Ch 16:9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars." 2Ch 16:10  Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in the stocks in prison, for he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa inflicted cruelties upon some of the people at the same time.
2Ch 16:11  The acts of Asa, from first to last, are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
2Ch 16:12  In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but sought help from physicians.
2Ch 16:13  And Asa slept with his fathers, dying in the forty-first year of his reign.
2Ch 16:14  And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him.

In the end of his life he punished the LORD's messenger, and he himself soon died. We all will die, but will we be faithful to the end? We cannot please God by ignoring him. We must learn to seek him and to trust him until the end. Looking good before men is not my goal. My success depends on my obedience to God.

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