2 Chronicles 15

2 Chronicles 15

Asa’s Religious Reforms

15 The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded, and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “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. For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, but when in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. They were broken in pieces. Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress. But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

As soon as Asa heard these words, the prophecy of Azariah the son of Oded, he took courage and put away the detestable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities that he had taken in the hill country of Ephraim, and he repaired the altar of the LORD that was in front of the vestibule of the house of the LORD. And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing with them, for great numbers had deserted to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him. They were gathered at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. They sacrificed to the LORD on that day from the spoil that they had brought 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep. And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul, but that whoever would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman. They swore an oath to the LORD with a loud voice and with shouting and with trumpets and with horns. And all Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest all around.

Even Maacah, his mother, King Asa removed from being queen mother because she had made a detestable image for Asherah. Asa cut down her image, crushed it, and burned it at the brook Kidron. But the high places were not taken out of Israel. Nevertheless, the heart of Asa was wholly true all his days. And he brought into the house of God the sacred gifts of his father and his own sacred gifts, silver, and gold, and vessels. And there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asa.


2 Chronicles 15 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Several years ago my wife was trying to get me onboard with adoption. Shamefully, I was hesitant. It just wasn’t the direction or the plan I thought would unfold. For months, she would beg me to consider the option and commit to getting our names on a list. I was stubborn. Mostly, I just kept putting it off hoping the decision would go away. Yes, it was completely selfish.

All that changed when I went to lunch with an acquaintance. He was a father who had adopted several children as well as having a few biological children as well. In a moment that was certainly led by the Holy Spirit, he said this, “Brad, if God adopted you into His family, what’s stopping you from adopting a child into yours?” It was that moment that changed everything. It was as if I was clubbed over the head with a sledgehammer… in a good way.

My mindset immediately changed. I went home and we started the paperwork. The rest, as they say, is history. We adopted our daughter in 2013 and she has melted my heart. I can’t imagine being reluctant to the idea of adoption ever again. But it took a special person filled with the Spirit to speak words of God’s truth to my heart. That’s how He operates.

In this chapter, we read of Azariah becoming full of God’s Spirit in order to confront King Asa. The text tells us that after these words are spoken the King is immediately encouraged. From there, he takes action.

When Asa heard the prophecy that Azariah son of Oded had spoken, he was encouraged. He did away with all the idols in the land of Judah and Benjamin and all the idols in the cities he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He also repaired the altar of the LORD that stood in the Temple courtyard.

2 Chronicles 15:8 GNB

Sometimes we are the Azariah in this story. God calls us to speak boldly to a person about a situation where He is not pleased. Sometimes, however, we are King Asa. We have grown stubborn in our own ways and refuse to change. The subtle sin nature has lulled us into a drowsiness. Either way, the miraculous truth is that God uses others to help us navigate our spiritual maturity. It doesn’t matter who we are or what our title is, all of us must fall under the authority of Christ. All of us need others in our life to hold us accountable.

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