Tuesday, July 18, 2017

King Asa trusts God for victory and peace

King Asa 1
When King Abijah of Judah died, his son Asa succeeded him as King.
King Asa 2
Asa wanted to do what was right in God’s eyes and ordered that sacred stones used to worship false gods be smashed to pieces.
King Asa 3
He removed incense altars, idols and poles set up for by those who wanted heathen worship. The king then encouraged the people of Judah to obey God’s laws.

King Asa 4
The nation was at peace and Asa used this time to fortify the cities. Strong city walls with towers, gates and bars were built to strengthen their defences. ‘The land is ours,’ the king declared, ‘because we have sought the Lord our God.’
King Asa 5
Asa had an army of 300,000 men. The tribe of Benjamin was known for their skill with small shields and bows and was trained to shoot with both hands. The tribe of Judah was equipped with large shields and spears and consisted of all brave fighting men.
King Asa 7
They had thousands and thousands of fighters and 300 chariots.

King Asa 9
Asa called to the Lord for help. ‘Only the Lord can help the powerless against the mighty,’ he declared.
King Asa 10
The vast army of Cushites faced King Asa and his men. Asa called out, ‘We are relying on you Lord.’
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‘In Your Name we fight this vast army. You are our God. Do not let these men have victory against you.’

King Asa 12
The battle began. King Asa’s soldiers with their bows, arrow and spears against the chariots and fighters from Cush.
King Asa 13
The Lord gave King Asa and the army of Judah the power to overcome their enemy. The army of Cush fled for their lives.
King Asa 15
They destroyed the nearby towns and returned to Jerusalem with much plunder including herds of sheep, goats and camels.

King Asa 16
When Asa returned, God sent Azariah, son of Oded the prophet, with a message for the triumphant king. ‘Listen to me, Asa and all the tribes of Judah and Benjamin,’ Azariah prophecied. ‘The Lord is with you when you obey Him. If you seek God, you will find Him, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
King Asa 17
‘In the past we have been without the true God, His laws and teaching. It brought us great distress and turmoil. But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.’
King Asa 18
Encouraged by God’s words, Asa repaired the altar to God in front of the Temple. In the 15th year of his reign the nation assembled in Jerusalem to worship God. 700 cattle and 7,000 plundered sheep and goats were sacrificed as people eagerly sought the Lord and found Him. They made an oath to obey God wholeheartedly, shouting out their promise accompanied with trumpets and horns.

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King Asa continued to remove idols and deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother when she made an image to worship the false god Asherah. The idol was cut down and burnt in the Kidron valley.
King Asa 20
Asa’s heart was fully committed to God and the nation enjoyed 20 years of peace.
King Asa 21
The King brought into the temple silver and gold articles that he and his father had dedicated to God. There was no more war until the 35th year of King Asa’s reign. (This story continues with a set of images at FreeBibleimages.org entitled ‘King Asa fails to trust God and faces conflict’).

King Asa trusts God for victory and peace
King Asa asks God for help when the Cushites attack.
1 Kings 15:9-15, 2 Chronicles 14:1-15:19

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