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2 Chronicles 14 – 17

2 Chronicles 14

Asa pleased God and had peace for ten years.

2 Chronicles 14:1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.

14:2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:

Let us do exactly as Asa did in Judah; teaching all people to follow and live by every Word of God, destroying our idolatry of men, false traditions and the sin of exalting organizations of men above the Word of God.

14:3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: 14:4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment. 14:5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.

Today the Eternal will not give his people rest; because of their lack of zeal for God and his Word, and their apostasy from God for their own idols; and loving the pleasures of sin more that the Word of God, for they seek their own pleasures even on God’s holy Sabbath day.

14:6 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.

14:7 Therefore he [Asa] said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.

If the Called Out ones would only turn to the Eternal in passionate zeal for him and his Word; surely He would forgive their sincerely repented sin and give them peace.  But because they are as adamant as stone and will not turn to God from their pride and sins; they shall see great correction in the furnace of affliction to humble them before God.

14:8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets [shields] and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were mighty men of valour.

After ten years the Ethiopians came up against Judah with a million men.

14:9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah. 14:10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

Spiritually even if we are godly, there will be those who are against us and most especially that creator of evil Satan.  Yet if we turn to and completely rely upon our God and Deliverer; we shall be granted victory over sin, just as God gave Judah victory over the  Ethiopian attackers  for their faithfulness and reliance on Him.

14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.

Let us cry out against all wickedness and rebuke sin in the name of the Eternal, and rely on Him to give us victory over all sin and all enemies of the righteousness of the whole Word of God.

14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. 14:13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.

Brethren, as Mosaic Judah led by Asa  was a physical army fighting physical battles; the faithful followers of God are spiritual warriors fighting a great battle against the sin and evil that wars against us. 

Let us be just as strong as those who have gone before as in Hebrews 11 and so many others; who were willing to die to keep themselves pure from Sabbath pollution and all sin!  Let us acquit ourselves as champions for our God like Daniel and his three friends, let us be mighty to do the will of God like Joshua and Caleb!

14:14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them. 14:15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.

 

2 Chronicles 15

Benjamin is now identified as being part of the kingdom of Judah

2 Chronicles 15:1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa [king of Judah], and all Judah and Benjamin;

This absolutely profound truth is true in spiritual Israel as well; God will be with us: ONLY as long as we exalt him above all others, including our leaders, elders and corporate entities.  The minute that anyone criticizes anyone for their zeal to learn and live by every Word of God to remove all error and turn to more truth;  They have separated themselves from God the Father and from Jesus Christ! 

They have lost all authority by turning from the ONLY ultimate source of all authority: God the Father!

. . . The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

Then the prophet spoke of the past and the sins that brought evil correction upon them; promising that if they would serve God, then God would care for them.

How long will we separate ourselves from God and choose our own ways?  and not be zealous to learn and to live by every Word of God and to wholeheartedly and passionately serve our espoused Husband?  

This is a prophecy of our days as well as past history. 

15:3 Now for a long season Israel [all Israel including Judah]  hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. 15:4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 15:5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. 15:6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.

Brethren, be strong, be strong, be strong: to put out all sin and error and to accept every truth; to serve the LORD your God!

15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

Then Asa was courageous to destroy the remaining idols out of the land; as we should take courage to destroy our idols and destroy all sin out of our lives so that we might become pure as our Father in heaven is pure and holy!

15:8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.

Here we again see that very many of Israel fled south to Judah and were assimilated into Judah because of their loyalty to the God of Abraham!

Brethren, it is counter productive to water down our outreach to take in strangers who have no understanding to inflate our numbers. It separates us from God and willfully  fills our company with tares.

If we would only turn to a zeal for the Word of our God; we would stand out like a blazing beacon set on a high hill! and all those that God calls would flock to the light of Jesus Christ and the whole Word of God. 

By turning away from any zeal for God we have quenched our light.

15:9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.

15:10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month [the Feast of Pentecost], in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.

15:11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.

Brethren, WE the later day Ekklesia are in desperate need of such a revival before we are rejected into the furnace of affliction for our great pride and for all our sins!

15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 15:13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 15:14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. 15:15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

Asa would not allow his own family to set up idols.  Oh that such a heart was in every called out person for zeal for the Eternal God!

15:16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.

15:17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

15:18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. 15:19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.

 

2 Chronicles 16

Baasha king of Israel, tries to prevent any people from the northern tribes of Israel to go into Judah to worship God

2 Chronicles 16:1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

Then Asa paid the Syrians to break their treaty with Israel and relieve Judah, thus relying on bought supporters and not trusting in God to deliver Judah.

16:2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king’s house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, 16:3 There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

The Syrians then helped Judah and attacked Israel.

16:4 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali. 16:5 And it came to pass, when Baasha [Israel the ten tribes] heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.

16:6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones [large building stones] of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.

The prophet tells Asa that he has sinned by not relying on God, and that God had been bringing Israel and Syria into his hand to be corrected, and now they have escaped. 

So it is today in spiritual Israel, that when we fail to stand on the whole Word of God and to fully rely on and trust in God, we sin. 

We do not know the reason for everything that happens or what God is doing, and we must trust and rely on God that he is working out all things for His glory and the good of his people; we must remain steadfast to God and not tyry to save ourselves by our own ways, regardless of how things seem to us.

16:7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. 16:8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.

16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

Asa was convicted of his sin and instead of repenting  became angry at the Word of the LORD and put the prophet in prison and oppressed those faithful to God; just as those who are made angry at the warnings today would like to do.

16:10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.

16:11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 16:12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. 16:13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

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 [coffin] which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries’ art: and they made a very great burning [mourning] for him.

 

2 Chronicles 17

Jehoshaphat was faithful to God

2 Chronicles 17:1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel. 17:2 And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.

17:3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim; 17:4 But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel. 17:5 Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.

17:6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.

Jehoshaphat commanded the priests, Levites and officers to teach the Word of God to all Judah and Benjamin.  When will the church of God groups begin to teach a zeal to live by every Word of God instead of a zeal for their idols of men?

17:7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes, even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah. 17:8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests.

Because Judah turned to the Eternal, God caused his fear to come upon all surrounding nations that they kept the peace with Judah.  Even so when spiritual Israel turns back to the Eternal in passionate zeal; they will be given eternal peace and eternal life in the resurrection to spirit after the battles of this physical  life.

17:9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people. 17:10 And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

17:11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he goats.

17:12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles [fortresses], and cities of store.

The commanders of Jehoshaphat

17:13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem. 17:14 And these are the numbers of them according to the house of their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand.

17:15 And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.

17:16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.

17:17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.

17:18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.

17:19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.

Brethren, we have been called to learn to become righteous kings and priests of the Most High God in the resurrection to spirit; IF we overcome, learning, enduring and living by every Word of God with wholehearted joy and passion as Jehoshaphat did. 

Let us serve the Mighty God of Eternity and not our idols of men and corporate social club churches; which will be crushed to dust by our Mighty One in his judgment.  Let us love the truth of God and rejoice in the end time knowledge that God has provided according to His promises!  Let us despise false teachings and turn from error; instead of being willing to do anything to cleave to past errors and false traditions.

Ecclesiastes 12:13   Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

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  1. As I read “Behind the Iraq-Isis Crisis” I recalled that the crazy-quilt groups of countries commonly known as the Middle East was created by the British and French at the end of WWI in order to find some way to divide the by then defunct Ottoman Empire. The borders make no sense either ethnically or geographically (but they did allow for nice neat lines to be drawn on a map and colonial influence to dominate the ethnically mixed and geographically challenged “countries”.
    For the British and French this was a repeat of their butchering of both South Asia and Africa. Now it worked marvelously (divide and conquer don’t you know!) until two world wars within a generation destroyed the cream of their youth and totally bankrupted these two colonial powers economically. Since the end of WWII the US has been called to sustain this stupidity and become as despised and bankrupt as their European partners.
    This fits in rather well with the chapters in II Chronicles listed for today. Specifically:

    II Chron. 16:7-9 “…Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
    Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.
    Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.
    For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”
    The nations that have descended from Israel have forgotten that the meaning of their ancestor’s name was “God prevails”. As you commented:
    “The prophet tells Asa that he has sinned by not relying on God, and that God had been bringing Israel and Syria into his hand and they are now escaped. So it is today in spiritual Israel, that when we fail to stand on the whole word of God and to fully rely on God, we sin.
    We do not know the reason for everything that happens or what God is doing, and we must trust and rely on God that he is working out all things for His glory and the good of his people; we must remain steadfast to God, regardless of how things seem to us.”
    For virtually all of their histories the US. UK, and France (and especially Judah since its reformation in 1947!)have sought their own will instead of God’s in their international relations and are reaping the results of continual war and devastation upon their peoples.
    Now like Asa at his worst, they declare, “either you are with us or you are with the terrorists” and further doom themselves to great destruction inspired by their Creator as they scurry about trying to fix the problems their faithless meddling in the affairs of others caused in the first place. How sad.
    Tim McCaulley
    Jacksonville FL

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