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Two Chronicles Fifteen

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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2 Chronicles 15:1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:

2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; 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 15:3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.

2 Chronicles 15:4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.

2 Chronicles 15:5 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.

2 Chronicles 15:6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.

2 Chronicles 15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

2 Chronicles 15:8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 15:9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.

in abundance. Even though the ten tribes separated themselves from Judah and Jerusalem, and eventually went into Assyrian exile, never to return, this and other passages indicate that many of the most spiritually minded people among other tribes did return, to continue in the kingdom of the Davidic promises. No doubt all the tribes were thus represented in the Judaic heritage.

2 Chronicles 15:10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.

fifteenth year. Asa had had ten years of peace (2 Chronicles 14:1), but then came the war with Zerah. Following five years of conflict and uncertainty, the land once again had peace for twenty more years (2 Chronicles 15:19).

2 Chronicles 15:11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.

2 Chronicles 15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;

2 Chronicles 15:13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

2 Chronicles 15:14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.

2 Chronicles 15:15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

2 Chronicles 15:16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.

Maachah the mother of Asa. Maachah was presumably the “Queen Mother” of Judah. She had been Rehoboam's wife and the mother of Abijah (2 Chronicles 11:21; 13:2) and thus was actually Asa's grandmother. Probably Asa's real mother (not named in the narrative) had died when Asa was young, so that Maachah had acted as his mother and thus had been honored as queen mother until she began to worship idols, a situation which Asa finally could not allow to continue.

2 Chronicles 15:17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

not taken away. According to 2 Chronicles 14:3, 5, Asa did take away the high places out of Judah, but this verse indicates he had been unable to get them removed from the rest of Israel.

2 Chronicles 15:18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.

2 Chronicles 15:19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.