Week 21   Day 7

 

The younger generation of exiles

            had never seen Jerusalem 

Home was a place where

            they had never been 

 

Descriptions of the grandeur

            of their homeland

            and the temple

            now in ruins 

            reminded captive Israel

            of their sacred history

 

Stories of the

            kings 

            prophets 

            warriors

            and the ordinary people

exemplified the

            unity 

            greatness 

            courage

of Israel.

 

  

The prophets could put things

            in a nutshell 

You will find God

            when you seek him

            with your whole heart 

The Lord is with you

            when you are with him.



                                    KING ASA OF JUDAH
     His motto:  clean up; build up.  God added:  listen up.
                                    II Chronicles 14 & 15

    

     2Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord,
3he removed the altars of the foreign gods.   4He
commanded
Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and
to observe
the law and the commandment. 

     5The kingdom was quiet under him.  7Therefore he said

to Judah, "Let us build these cities and make walls around

them, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before

us, because we have sought the Lord and He has given us rest

on every side."  So they built and prospered. 

     8Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah,

and from Benjamin two hundred and eighty thousand men

who carried shields and drew bows; all were mighty men

of valor.

     9Then Zerah the Ethiopian came out against them with an

army of a million men and three hundred chariots.  10So Asa

went out against him, and they set the troops in battle array. 

11And Asa cried out to the Lord and said, "Lord, it is nothing

for You to help, whether with many or with those who have

no power; help us, for we rest on You, and in Your name we

go against this multitude."

     12So the Lord struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah,

and the Ethiopians fled,  and were overthrown; they could not

recover, for they were broken before the Lord and His army.

     1Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded.

2He went out to meet Asa, and said, "Hear me, Asa, and all

Judah and Benjamin.  The Lord is with you while you are with

Him.  If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you

forsake Him, He will forsake you.  3For a long time Israel
has
been without the true God, without a teaching priest, and

without law; 4but when in their trouble they turned to the Lord
God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them. 
7But
you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for
your
work shall be rewarded!"

     8When Asa heard these words he took courage, and

removed the abominable idols from all the land and he

restored the altar that was before the vestibule of the Lord.  

9Then he gathered Judah and Benjamin, and those who

dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon,

for they came over to him in great numbers from Israel

when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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