Revival Under Asa
1The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. # 2Ch 20:14; 24:20 2So he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Asa and all Judah and Benjamin, hear me. The Lord is with you # 2Ch 20:17 when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, # Dt 4:29; 2Ch 15:15; Jr 29:13-14 but if you abandon Him, He will abandon you. # 1Ch 28:9 3For many years Israel has been without the true God, # 1Kg 12:28-33 without a teaching priest, and without instruction, # Lv 10:8-11; 2Ch 17:9 4but when they turned to the Lord God of Israel in their distress and sought Him, He was found by them. 5In those times there was no peace for those who went about their daily activities because the residents of the lands had many conflicts. 6Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every possible distress. 7But as for you, be strong; don’t be discouraged, # Lit don’t let your hands fail for your work has a reward.” # Jos 1:7,9
8When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Azariah son of Oded the prophet, he took courage and removed the detestable idols from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. # 2Ch 13:19 He renovated the altar of the Lord that was in front of the portico of the Lord’s temple. # 2Ch 4:1; 8:12 9Then he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, as well as those from the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who had settled among them, for they had defected to him from Israel in great numbers when they saw that Yahweh his God was with him. # 2Ch 11:16
10They were gathered in Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa’s reign. 11At that time they sacrificed to the Lord 700 cattle and 7,000 sheep from all the plunder they had brought. # 2Ch 14:13-15 12Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their ancestors with all their mind and all their heart. # 2Ch 23:16 13Whoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel would be put to death, young or old, # Or insignificant or great man or woman. # Ex 22:20; Dt 13:6-9; 17:2-7 14They took an oath to the Lord in a loud voice, with shouting, with trumpets, and with rams’ horns. 15All Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn it with all their mind. They had sought Him with all their heart, and He was found by them. # 2Ch 15:2 So the Lord gave them rest on every side. # 2Ch 14:6-7
16King Asa # 1Kg 15:13-15 also removed Maacah, his grandmother, # Lit mother ; 1Kg 15:2; 2Ch 11:22 # 1Kg 15:2; 2Ch 11:22 from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of Asherah. Asa chopped down her obscene image, then crushed it and burned it in the Kidron Valley. # 2Ch 14:2-5 17The high places were not taken away from Israel; nevertheless, Asa was wholehearted his entire life. # Lit wholehearted all his days 18He brought his father’s consecrated gifts and his own consecrated gifts into God’s temple: silver, gold, and utensils.
19There was no war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign.