May 9. Asa Becomes King of Judah

I Kin. 15:9-15; II Chron. 14:2-15:19

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.