Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Asa II Chronicles 14

II 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."

Refer to I Kings 15:7-8 and I Kings 15:8-10

In the first ten years of Asa's reign there was no war. In the first 35 years there was only one.

v9 "And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopiah with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah."

The Ethiopians had a million man army while Asa had 560,000. v8 The odds seemed not to be in his favor. But Asa trusted the Lord.

It is hard for me to imagine a million and a half men fighting at one time. The bloodshed must have been awful. At least, then they could see the results of war up close so peace must have been precious to them.

v11 "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 not man prevail against thee."

See II Chronicles 16:8

Asa put the LORD out front. He indicated to the LORD that a defeat of Judah would be the same as a defeat for God since they were trusting in him. We know that there is no defeat for God. So Asa smote the enemy and brought back spoils from the land. For the next years, Asa spent his time fortifying the cities. Then we will see in the next chapter how he handled the next war.

Psalm 1:6 "For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous but the way of the ungodly shall perish."

Asa defeats Ethiopia.

No comments: