Week 22   Day 1

 

Of prime importance to the exiles

            is the message

            that God is faithful

            and still loves them 

God is with them

            at all times 

            in every place 

            for each situation.

 

 

When we remember the past

            we are reminded

            who we are and

            to whom we belong 

Belonging to God

            reminds us

            to be people of

                        faith

                        hope

                        integrity 

                        compassion.

 

 

 

                                           ASA, PART II
Total commitment to God?  Sometimes and sometimes not.
                                  II Chronicles 15 & 16

 

     10They gathered together at Jerusalem in the fifteenth year

of the reign of Asa, 11and offered to the Lord seven hundred

bulls and seven thousand sheep from the spoil they had brought. 

12Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of 

their fathers. 

    15All Judah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with

all their heart and sought Him with all their soul; He was

found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around.

     16Also he removed Maachah, the mother of Asa, from

being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image

of Asherah.  17But the high places were not removed from

Israel.  Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days.

     1In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king

of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah, that he might

let none go out or come in to Asa.  2Then Asa brought silver

and gold from the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of

the king's house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who

dwelt in Damascus, saying,  3"Let there be a treaty between

you and me, as there was between my father and your father. 

See, I have sent you silver and gold, come, break your treaty

with Baasha, so that he will withdraw from me."

     4So Ben-Hadad heeded king Asa, and sent the captains of

his armies against the cities of Israel.  5When Baasha heard it, 

he stopped building Ramah and ceased his work.          

    7Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said,

"Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not

relied on  the Lord your God, therefore the army of Syria has

escaped from your hand.  8Were the Ethiopians not a huge

army with very many chariots and horsemen?  Yet, because

you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. 

9For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole

earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart

is loyal to Him.  In this you have done foolishly, therefore

from now on you shall have wars." 

    10Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in prison.

And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time.

     12In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased

in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did

not seek the Lord, but the physicians.  13So Asa rested with

his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign.
                This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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