2 Chronicles 15-16
Chapter 15: Judah Shall Prosper
The spirit of God came upon Azariah, who was the son of Oded. Azariah goes to meet Asa and he says to Asa, Benjamin and all of Judah; “…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.” (2 Chronicles 15:2)
“Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 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. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.” (2 Chronicles 15:3-7)
Without the true God, and without an authorized representative of God, the people were without law. When the people turned away from God bad things happen and even in their lowest state, if they turned to God, he would turn back to them and restore them, and lift them back up!
Upon hearing this, Asa takes courage and removes the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from all the cities that he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim. He restored the altar of God. In the third month and in the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign they made an offering to the Lord of 700 bulls, 7,000 sheep and with this they entered into a covenant with the Lord to seek him with all their heart and soul. Anyone who did not seek the Lord would be put to death. The heart of Asa was loyal all his days and he brought good things into the house of the Lord. There was no war until the 35th year of his reign.
Chapter 16: Asa Lacks Faith
In the 36th year of Asa’s reign, Baasha the king of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah. So Asa takes gold and silver from the treasury of the house of the Lord and sends it to Ben-Hadad, who is king of Syria with a message for him to make a treaty with him. So that he would have to break a treaty with Israel and cause them to withdraw.
So, Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and made a treaty with him and caused that his armies go against the cities of Israel; Ijon, Dan, Abel Main and all the cities of Naphtali. When Baasha heard this, he stopped building the city of Ramah and fled. Asa, took all of Judah and carried away the materials in Ramah and used them in the building of Geba and Mizpah.
At the same time a seer by the name of Hanani comes to Asa and says to him; “…Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not elide on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the King of Syria escaped out of thine hand…” (2 Chronicles 16:7)
Because Asa did not rely on the Lord, he failed to see that the bigger enemy was actually Syria and not Israel. God would have helped him and even wanted to give Asa that victory and glory.
“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…” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
So if we turn to go, with a pure and perfect heart, he will show his strength to you. But because Asa did not rely on the Lord, he was foolish and wars would follow. Because of the Seer’s message, Asa was angered and throws him into prison. Asa also oppressed some of the people. The rest of the acts of Asa are written in yet another LOST BOOK of the Bible. He reigned for a total of 39 years. Asa became diseased in the feet and he did not turn to the Lord, but instead to the physicians, Asa dies. He is buried in his own tomb, in the City of David.