2 Chronicles 15 Outline
– Azariah exhorted Judah and Benjamin to follow God’s commandments (2 Chronicles 15:1-7)
– Asa responded to Azariah’s message by removing the idols in Judah (2 Chronicles 15:8)
– Asa assembled Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon (2 Chronicles 15:9)
– Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon made a covenant to obey God (2 Chronicles 15:10-15)
– Asa deposed his grandmother and cut down the Asherah Pole (2 Chronicles 15:16)
– Asa was loyal to God for the rest of his life (2 Chronicles 16:17)
– Asa did not face anymore war until the 35th year of his reign (2 Chronicles 16:18-19)
2 Chronicles 15 Summary
The Holy Spirit came upon Azariah, the son of Oded. Then, Azariah went to exhort Asa and the people of Judah and Benjamin to continue abiding in God’s commandments and by doing so they will be rewarded. In the past, the Israelites turned away from God so God delivered them into the hands of the enemies.
When Asa heard the prophesy of Azariah, he proceeded to remove the idols in Judah and repaired the altar in front of the temple portico. After that, he assembled the people from Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon to make a covenant to love God with all their hearts and souls and be obedient to him. They celebrated with trumpets, horns and shouting. Anyone either small or great who did not seek God will be put to death.
King Asa deposed his grandmother, Maacah who had set up the Asherah Pole. Asa cut down the Asherah Pole and had it burnt in the Kidron Valley. Asa was fully committed to God for all his lives although he did not remove the high places. There was no more war until the 35th year of King Asa’s reign.
2 Chronicles 15 Bible Study
1. Seek God and you will find him
Azariah exhorted the people to never stop obeying God. In 2 Chronicles 15:2, those who seek God will find him. Those who forsake God will be forsaken by God. In Romans 8:38-39, nothing can separate us from the love of God unless we choose to walk away from him. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus said seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. Ask and it will be given to you. In Matthew 6:33, if you seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first, everything else will be added unto you. In Romans 10:13, anyone who call upon God’s name will be saved.
2. The sin of idolatry
Asa proceeded to remove the idols and Asherah pole after he heard Azariah’s message. In Exodus 20:4-6, there is only God in this world. God prohibits bowing down or worshiping any item that is made in the likeness of any object in heaven, on earth and under the sea. In Galatians 5:19-21, anyone who practice idolatry will not inherit the kingdom of God. Even if you did not worship the idol, you must not keep it in your house, car and etc. Instead, you should destroy it and get rid of it. Idolatry is also treasuring something and giving it first place over God such as celebrity, car, house, money, job, family and etc.