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2018 January 29

King Asa of Juda Destroying the Idols (1625)
Francois de Nome (c. 1593 - c. 1644)
Baroque Style
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: Today's painting depicts Asa's iconoclasm, embellished by artistic license. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: 2 Chronicles 15 contains a rebuke from the prophet Azariah to Asa, King of Judah; and it chronicles Asa's reforms in response to the rebuke.

[Traditional Patriarchal Timeline. Judges. Judges Period Chronology. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

     When the Spirit of God came upon the prophet Azariah, he went to Asa (911-870 B.C.) and told him that the LORD would be with him and with Judah and Benjamin if they would be with the LORD; but if they forsook him he would forsake them. Azariah noted that, when Israel was without a teaching priest and without the law, the LORD turned to them when they turned to Him. And he noted that this happened in a time of great vexation and war. So he encouraged Asa and the people to "Be strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded" (1-7).
     Asa and the people responded by putting away the idols out of their midst. And religious refugees joined them from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon. They came to Jerusalem and made offerings to the LORD from the spoils of war (as recorded in the previous chapter). They then made a covenant to seek the LORD with all of their heart and to put to death any who did not. So they rejoiced greatly; and they were surrounded by rest (8-15).
     Also, Asa deposed his mother from her post as queen mother because of her idolatry; and they destroyed her idol and the grove in which she worshiped it. However Asa left the high places of worship; but his heart was perfect with the LORD; and war ceased for 20 years (16-19).

     [ Sermons: Steve Brown. Various. ]


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          [ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: 2 Chronicles 15: 1 Kings 15:12-15].
     [1] 2 Chronicles 9:29; 2 Chronicles 12:15.
     [2] 1 Chronicles 12:17; 2 Chronicles 14:9; 2 Chronicles 13:4; 2 Chronicles 14:11; 1 Chronicles 28:9; 2 Chronicles 12:5; 2 Chronicles 24:20; Jeremiah 29:13-14.
     [3] Judges 2:11-19; Judges 3:7-10; Hosea 3:4-5; Jeremiah 10:9; Leviticus 10:11; Deuteronomy 17:9; Deuteronomy 33:10; Deuteronomy 24:8; Ezekiel 44:23; Jeremiah 18:18; Malachi 2:6-7.
     [4] Deuteronomy 4:30; Judges 3:9; Judges 3:15; Judges 4:3; Judges 4:15; Judges 6:6; Psalm 106:44; Psalm 107:6.
     [5] Judges 5:6; Judges 5:11; Judges 6:11; Deuteronomy 28:20; Amos 3:9; 2 Chronicles 34:33.
     [6] Isaiah 2:4; Judges 12; Judges 20; Isaiah 19:2; Isaiah 9:18-21; Zechariah 14:13.
     [7] Zephaniah 3:16; 2 Samuel 4:1; Jeremiah 31:16.
     [8] 2 Chronicles 12:13; 1 Kings 15:12; Deuteronomy 29:17; 1 Kings 11:5; 1 Kings 11:7; Jeremiah 4:1; 2 Chronicles 17:2; 2 Chronicles 13:19; 2 Chronicles 14:1; 2 Chronicles 14:6; 2 Chronicles 24:4.
     [9] 2 Chronicles 11:16; 2 Chronicles 30:11; 2 Chronicles 30:18; 2 Chronicles 34:6; Joshua 19:1; Genesis 49:7; Amos 4:4; Amos 5:5; Amos 8:14; 1 Chronicles 12:19; 2 Kings 7:4; 1 Chronicles 20:1.
     [11] 2 Chronicles 14:13-15.
     [12] Jeremiah 34:10; Nehemiah 10:30; Deuteronomy 4:29.
     [13] Deuteronomy 13:6; Deuteronomy 17:2-6.
     [14] 1 Chronicles 15:28; 2 Chronicles 23:13.
     [15] 2 Chronicles 14:6-7; 2 Chronicles 16:1.
     [16] 1 Kings 15:13-15; 2 Chronicles 13:2; 1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chronicles 22:2; Job 9:6; Job 21:6; Jeremiah 49:16; 2 Kings 17:16; Exodus 32:20; 2 Kings 23:15.
     [17] 2 Chronicles 14:3-5; 2 Chronicles 17:6; 2 Chronicles 20:33; 1 Chronicles 28:9.
     [18] 1 Kings 15:15; 2 Chronicles 13:16-19; 2 Chronicles 14:13-15.
     [19] 1 Kings 15:16; 1 Kings 15:32; 2 Chronicles 16:1.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

2 Chronicles Detailed Outline

2 Chronicles 15

Notes: In the Hebrew Bible 1 & 2 Chronicles are one Book. The author may have been Ezra.

2. The Kings: The Kings from the Tribes of Benjamin and Judah (1 Chronicles 10:1 - 2 Chronicles 36:14)

B. From the Tribe of Judah (1 Chronicles 11:1 - 2 Chronicles 36:14)

5. Asa of Judah (2 Chronicles 14:1 - 16:14) - {911-870}

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Time Line

     1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; 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. 3 Now for a long season [many days] Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. 4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 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. 6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. 7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.
     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. 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. 10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. 11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had bought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep. 12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. 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.
     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. 17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. 18 And he bought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. 19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.

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