Introduction: We are moving right along in the history of the Kings.
Kings David and Solomon are dead. King Jeroboam rules the ten tribes
in the North (Israel). King Rehoboam rules the one tribe in the South
(Judah). Neither of them obey God and they have their problems, not
the least of which is each other. Ultimately, Rehoboam dies. Then
his son dies. Then Rehoboam’s grandson, Asa, takes over as King of
Judah. Let’s find out about this new king!
- Asa at Peace
- Read 2 Chronicles 14:1,6. Is your life a struggle? Would
you like more peace in your life?
- How did Asa have ten years of peace? (God gave it to
- Read 1 Chronicles 14:7. During this ten years of peace,
what did Asa do? (He prepared for war.)
- Is there a spiritual parallel here?
- How about you? When do you turn to God? When things
are going well? Or, when they are going badly?
- Read 2 Chronicles 14:2-5. Why did God bless Asa with
- Let’s go back and see how this came to be. Read 2
Chronicles 15:1-2. Have you heard this offer before?
- Does God make this offer to you?
- Read 2 Chronicles 15:7-8. What gave Asa the courage to do
the right thing? (The prophet not only laid out the two
options Asa had in life, he encouraged Asa with God’s
words. That caused Asa to do the right thing.)
- Will this approach work with our children? Did it
work with you?
- Read 1 Kings 15:9-10. Asa reigned a long time, longer than
either David or Solomon. Why? (He reigned so long because
God blessed him.)
- Would you like a long life and peace?
- Asa’s grandmother was the daughter of Absalom, the
son of David who rebelled. Why does the Bible mention
this fact? (It shows that the House of David
- Read 1 Kings 15:12. Is homosexuality a new or old
- Read 1 Kings 15:13. Is Asa some sort of extremist? What if
this were your grandmother? (This shows that his
allegiance to God was of more importance to him than his
- Read 1 Kings 15:14. How can Asa be fully committed to the
Lord and yet fail to remove the “high places?”
- Does this mean we can be fully committed to God and
be a compromiser at the same time?
- Let’s go back to a text we looked at before.
Read 1 Kings 3:2-4. Are Asa and Solomon involved
in the same problem? (It seems that the problem
is worshiping God in the same place as the pagan
gods are worshiped. Asa got rid of the pagan
gods, but he did not stop the practice of
worshiping God at the “high places.”)
- How would you characterize Asa’s failure to
remove these high places? (Look at 1 Kings 15:14
again – Asa’s HEART is fully committed to God.
This is what was said of King David in 1 Kings
11:4. God is looking for us to have the right
attitude towards Him.)
- Asa at War
- Read 2 Chronicles 14:8. Which combination would you want?
Big shields and spears? Or, small shields and bows? (Bows
were an innovation. The “small shields and bows” fellows
were probably like the cavalry – light and fast.)
- Read 2 Chronicles 14:9. The NIV does not reveal that the
Hebrew text says that Zerah had “a thousand thousand” men.
Zerah is likely representing Egypt in his attack on Judah.
Most translations just say Zerah had a “million men.” Asa
and his men may not have been counting exactly, but it
looked like a thousand times a thousand guys coming their
- What would worry you the most if you were King Asa?
The fact that you are outnumbered almost 2 to 1 or
something else about the enemy? (The chariots! This
was a great step forward in technology. Imagine you
are a foot soldier and coming at you is this big
animal with big teeth pulling a chariot. In the
chariot is a warrior that is faster and higher than
you. That would be scary.)
- Where chariots unknown to the men of Judah? (No! 1
Kings 10:26 tells us that King Solomon had 1,400
chariots and 12,000 horses. Wonder what happened to
all of them?)
- Read 2 Chronicles 14:10-11. Asa gets his troops into
position, and then he does what? (He prays.)
- Asa tells God that God helps the powerless. Is Asa
powerless? Why did he create, arm and then deploy his
vast army of almost 600,000? Why did he fortify his
- Is it OK to work and pray? Or, does that show a
lack of trust in God? (God does not tell us to
go to sleep, He tells us to obey. We are co-laborers with God. Unless He tells us not to do
something, it seems we should take the
reasonable steps to accomplish the task. The
“bottom line” for our attitude, however, is that
the outcome is entirely in God’s hands.)
- Read 2 Chronicles 14:12-13. Where does trust in God get
Asa? (The victory.)
- Notice how the victors are described in v.13 – “the
Lord and His forces.” Would you like to be a part of
the “Lord’s forces?” How do you join?
- Read 2 Chronicles 16:1. Is Asa beginning to become an old
- Where is Jeroboam? Who is this Baasha fellow who is
now the King of Israel? ( 2 Chronicles 13:20 tells us
that God struck down Jeroboam. 1 Kings 15:25-30 tells
us Jeroboam’s son, Nadab, was his successor to the
throne. Shortly thereafter, Baasha leads a revolt,
kills Nadab, and then destroys all of Jeroboam’s
family. Baasha becomes king.)
- Read 2 Chronicles 16:2-3. What is the strategy of old,
wise Asa to meet this new threat? (He makes a treaty with
the King of Aram.)
- Whose stuff does Asa give the King of Aram to “seal
the deal?” (God’s!)
- What do you think about Asa’s strategy? How does it
compare with his strategy against the million man
army of Zerah the Cushite? (Asa in his old age is
trusting himself, and not God. He is showing
disrespect for God by giving to this Syrian king the
treasure of God’s temple.)
- Have you ever had a financial problem and decided
that you would take the tithe (God’s treasure) and
use it to pay your bills? Is that the same strategy
Asa used here?
- Read 2 Chronicles 16:4-6. Did Asa’s plan work? (Yes! He
even got to fortify his own cities with what Baasha left
- What lesson does this teach us?
- Asa’s Drift
- Read 2 Chronicles 16:7-8. Now what lesson do we learn?
- Why is it that the good kings turn from God in their
- What is the lesson for us?
- Read 2 Chronicles 16:10. How does Asa take rebuke from the
Lord? (Wycliffe says this is the first recorded
persecution of a prophet. The Hebrew seems to indicate the
prophet was put in stocks.)
- Who do you think was “brutally oppressed” by Asa?
(Those who were faithful to God and objected to the
treatment of the prophet.)
- Read 2 Chronicles 16:12. Why did Asa not seek help from
- Was it because he was offended by God’s rebuke?
- His pride was injured? (The text confirms that
normally when someone is in distress they are
more likely to turn to God. Asa was apparently
so upset with God that he stubbornly refused to
seek God’s help.)
- What would your judgment be on Asa’s situation
if you were God?
- Is it sin to go to a doctor when we get sick? (The
NIV inserts the word “only” to suggest the problem is
trusting only in doctors. It is not obvious to me
that the Hebrew contains an “only,” here, but the
Keil and Delitzsch Commentary backs up the NIV by
saying it was not visiting doctors that was the
problem, but rather the “godless manner in which Asa
trusted in the physicians.”)
- Read 2 Chronicles 16:13-14. Two years later Asa is dead.
Are you surprised? (No. It seems to be that Asa is getting
further away from God.)
- Was Asa cremated? (The commentaries are mixed on this.
Notice that verse 14 says he was “buried.” However, a
person can be both cremated and buried.)
- How can it be true that King Asa ( 2 Chronicles 15:17) had
a heart “fully committed” to God “all of his life” when he
ended on this note? (I only know that we serve a great God
and a just God. This shows that deviations from the proper
course, the failure to rely solely on God, are matters
that He is willing in His mercy to overlook.)
- Friend, what is the direction of your life? Are you headed
towards or away from God? Why not be sure the course of
your life is right?
- Next Week: Apostasy in the North