I Kin. 14:1-20; 15:9-15; II Chron. 14:2-15:19
Jeroboam also had a son named Abijah, who became sick. King Jeroboam sent his wife disguised as an ordinary woman to Ahijah, the prophet to find out the fate of his son. She maybe could have fooled the blind prophet, but God was not deceived. The prophet gave her more information than she and the king wanted to know. Because of his evil deeds, God through the prophet stated that the child would die upon her return home and that the kingdom would be taken from him and his sons in disgrace and given to a new king. Israel would be scattered. Jeroboam died after twenty-two years as king of Israel and his son, Nadab reigned in his place.
During the twentieth year of Jeroboam’s reign over Israel, Asa had become king of Judah. Azariah, the prophet presented an important message to Asa that still applies to us today. “Hear me…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…”
Whereas his father, Abijah and grandfather, Rehoboam had disobeyed God and had introduced idol worship into Judah, the great reformer, Asa destroyed the idols and places of idol worship and turned the people back to God. Even in his zeal to reform, Asa was unable to completely rid the kingdom of its unscriptural places of worship.
The time during Asa’s reign was relatively peaceful. However, Zerah, king of Ethiopia assembled a massive army of a million, three hundred thousand men against his five hundred eighty thousand man army. Asa’s faith and reliance upon God resulted in the defeat of the Ethiopian army and the plunder of many of their cities and cattle.