2 Chronicles 16 Outline
– Baasha besieged Ramah (2 Chronicles 16:1)
– Asa sought the help of King Benhadad of Syria with the silver and gold from the treasuries (2 Chronicles 16:2-3)
– King Benhadad accepted Asa’s deal and attacked Israel to make Baasha go away (2 Chronicles 16:3-5)
– Asa had the people rebuilt Geba and Mizpah with the timbers and stones at Ramah (2 Chronicles 16:6)
– Hanani rebuked Asa for relying on King Benhadad instead of relying on God (2 Chronicles 16:7-9)
– Asa imprisoned Hanani and cruelly tortured some people (2 Chronicles 16:10)
– Asa had a foot disease (2 Chronicles 16:11-12)
– The death of Asa (2 Chronicles 16:13-14)
2 Chronicles 16 Summary
During the 36th year, Baasha besieged Ramah. Asa turned to King Benhadad of Syria for help. He offered him the silver and gold from the temple treasury and palace treasury and asked to break his treaty with King Baasha of Israel. King Benhadad sent his agreement to the deal by attacking the cities of Israel including Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.
When Baasha learned about this, he stop building at Ramah. Then, Asa commanded the people to carry away the stones and timber so that they can build up Geba and Mizpah. The prophet Hanani came to tell Asa that from this time onward, he will keep facing war because he rely on King Benhadad to save him from the hands of Baasha instead of relying on God. Asa was angry and he put Hanani into the prison. He also violently oppressed a number of people.
Other events regarding Asa were recorded in the books of the kings of Judah and Israel. During the 39th year, Asa was afflicted with a foot disease. Asa did not sought God’s help for healing his foot disease. Instead, he sought the help of physicians to heal the foot disease. Asa died on the 41st year of his reign. When Asa died, the people buried him in a tomb he had cut out for himself. They laid him on a bier that is covered with spices and blended perfumes. They also lighted a bonfire as an honor to him.
2 Chronicles 16 Bible Study
1. Seek God and rely on him
Asa did not sought after God’s deliverance when Baasha attacked him. Instead, he resolved to send gold and silver to make King Benhadad of Syria break his treaty with Baasha. As a result, God punished him for making him have to face war for the rest of his life. At the end of his life, he had a severe foot disease. Asa did not ask God to heal him but he let the physician treat him. We should seek God and let him help us whenever we face problems. Anyone who call upon God’s name will be saved (Romans 10:13; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21). Proverbs 3:5-6 says that we should not lean on our own understanding but depend on God in all things. In Proverbs 22:19, we must put our trust in God. In Psalm 37:3-5, if you trust in God and obey his commandments, he will bless you.
2. Compromising blind our spiritual eyes
Asa compromised by seeking help from his enemy, King Benhadad of Syria. Compromising with the world blind our spiritual eyes so that we cannot see the truth. 2 Corinthians 6:14 states that we should not be yoked together with unbelievers. This is because there is no fellowship between righteousness and wickedness and light and darkness. It is important that you understand the word of God in the Bible. Some people like to use the scripture as ground to support their sins. You can ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom to read the word of God (John 14:26).