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A study of the life of King Asa
from II Chronicles 14-16
II Chronicles 14:2-7
ASA Begins a Revival
Asa had a good start. As soon as he came to the throne he was busy ridding the
nation of idolatry.
He removed Idols and sites of idol worship.
He commanded the people to follow God.
Not only did Asa bring about a spiritual revival, he worked hard to fortify the cities.
During his early reign he took advantage of a period of peace to build and strengthen.
HE REMEMBERED to give credit to God for giving them the land. (verse 7)
Remembering God encouraged them in building and helped them to continue to
experience Godís blessing.
Christian Application: Always remember to give God the credit for the good things in your
II Chronicles 14:8-19
A CRISIS ARISES
While Asa had experienced a time of peace, conflict no doubt had to arise. God may
grant us a period without conflict, but it is only to prepare us for a conflict that will come
The conflict was serious. A Cushite (upper Ethiopia) king brought a vast army
towards Judah. There is no adequate translation for the size of his army. The N.I.V. uses
the term ďvastĒ while the Hebrew word is non-specific but is plain in saying that it is
thousands upon thousands upon thousands. On top of the numbers problem, this army
was the fact that the Cushite army had the best war technology of the day- The War
Chariots, which provided shielding AND mobility for archers and allowed troops to arrive
at the front of the battle fairly fresh and rested.
Asa does the right thing- he calls out to God- Letís look at his prayer.
1) It contained praise! (There is none like you)
2) It contained a plea! (Help us!)
3) It contained a statement of faith! (we rely on you)
4) It contained a statement of relationship! (you are our God)
The Lord responds to this prayer by striking down the enemies. The Cushites flee
and Asa and his men chased them home, gathering loot and great rewards.
II Chronicles 15:1-7
An Encouraging Prophecy
Azariah comes to meet Asa as he returns. He speaks a word of prophecy to Asa to
encourage him. The content of his prophecy was:
1. God is with you when you walk with Him!
2. If you forsake God, He will forsake you!
3. Times have been hard for Godís people!
4. God would reward Asaís hard work!
II Chronicles 15:8-19
ASAís Response to the prophecy
If Asa had been a reformer before, he intensified his efforts after hearing this
prophecy. He continued to stand for the Lord and Godís blessing was on him.
Godís blessing was so clearly on King Asa that people even migrated and moved
from Israel to Judah in order to get in on Godís blessing. (see verse 9).
Fifteen years into Asaís reign he gathers the people together for a time of worship
and a time of sacrifice. There the nation joyfully swore to follow God and they were
overjoyed because they truly meant it. (verse 15) And God responded by blessing them
and demonstrating his presence among them.
The one real drawback to Asaís reign was that his revival did not extend into the
nation of Israel. He was only able to effect revival in Judah. However, his heart was fully
dedicated to the Lord.
Christian Application: Godís presence is much more noticeable when
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