1 Kings Chapter 15

King Asa


Study of the Kings – Split screen – two Kingdoms

A) North – Israel – 10 tribes – Mostly wicked kings


B) South – Judah – Remnant of David – a few good Kings

1) God’s blessing on them for the sake of David


C) See that in our text tonight RD v.1-11


Asa becomes the first of a short list of Good kings in Judah –

A) He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord


B) Consider his reforms: V. 12


12 And he banished the perverted persons from the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.


#1He banished the perverted persons from the land

A) Perverted persons reference to the Canaanite cult Prostitutes –


B) People were having sexual relations w/ these prostitutes to induce agricultural or person fertility.


#2 He tore down the idols that his father had set up.


#3 He got rid of his grandmother and the idolatry that she was leading.    V.13


13Also he removed Maachah his grandmother from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image of Asherah. And Asa cut down her obscene image and burned it by the Brook Kidron


2 Chronicles 14 adds this about Asa – 2 Chron 14:2-7

Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God, 3 for he removed the altars of the foreign gods and the high places, and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images.

He commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to observe the law and the commandment.5 He also removed the high places and the incense altars from all the cities of Judah, and the kingdom was quiet under him.6 And he built fortified cities in Judah, for the land had rest; he had no war in those years, because the LORD had given him rest.


So this guy was right on – His heart was loyal to the Lord – and God blessed his Kingdom with quietness

A) The Land had rest – no Wars


B) That is a blessed thing – Neat time

1) Quiet house –

2) Quiet times in Ministry.

3) Great times of just resting in the Lord – Enjoying Jesus


C) Now as we come to v.14 – We have what looks like a Discrepancy –

14But the high places were not removed.

D) But we just read in 2 Chron 14 – they were removed – what is the deal – really simple

1) The context in 2 Chron 14 is the foreign gods and their high places


E) Therefore Asa removed the high places that were dedicated to idols, but not the ones that were dedicated to the Lord.  {That’s the answer


V.14 Continues

Nevertheless Asa’s heart was loyal to the Lord all his days. 15He also brought into the house of the Lord the things which his father had dedicated, and the things which he himself had dedicated: silver and gold and utensils.


So Asa for the most part was a King in Judah whose heart was after the Lord –

A) And God blessed him as a result.


B) 2 Chron 14-15 give us a little more detail into the reign of Asa – so I would like you to turn there


                             Read v. 8-11


So Asa finds himself in this place where he is severely outnumbered – out powered –

A) He does the right thing – He cries out to the Lord

   He takes it to the Lord


B) In doing so Asa acknowledges 3 Key principles about his Peoples relationship to the Lord


#1 Asa recognized the unique ability of God to give help.  God is all powerful: It is nothing for you to help many or few

A) Our Power doesn’t mean a thing – What matters is that you are with us!


B) I don’t know what went thru Asa’s mind but I wonder if he thought back in History of the many ways thru which God delivered his people


C) God has more ways of delivering people than McDonald's has hamburgers!

1) For instance, He could use a thunderstorm and giant hailstones, as he did once with Joshua.


D) He could use the jawbone of a donkey, as he did with Samson, to overcome a great army of Philistines.

1)  He could us torches hidden in jars, as he did with Gideon, when a great host of Midianites confronted a little band of three hundred men.


E) He could use the mere rumor of another invading army, as he did in the case of King Hezekiah.


On that occasion the Syrian armies under Rabshakeh surrounded Jerusalem, but a rumor spread that an Egyptian army was coming, and Rabshakeh folded his tents and disappeared overnight.

He could use a strange sound in the tops of the mulberry trees, as happened once with David, when he was confronted with a Philistines host.

A) The Philistines heard a strange sound like marching feet, they too thought an army was coming and they took to their heels and ran.


B) He could use a woman with a tent peg, as he did with Jael, who killed Sisera, the Syrian general, in the days of Deborah and Barak.


C) There are a thousand and one things God can do to set us free.

1) He may have us fight the battle, but he may tell us, as he did with Asa's son, Jehoshaphat, the next king,”


“Go on out with your army, but there is not going to be any battle. I will deliver you without a single blow being struck."


D) The point of this is that the very first thing King Asa recognizes is that there is none like God to help.

1) He is all powerful - God has a million and one resources to command.


E) Who can tell which one he might employ?


What matters the most is that you are with God and therefore – God is with you



A) Have you ever felt like King Asa felt?


B) The NT tells us the reason these stories are in the OT is that they were "written down for our instruction


C) They reflect experiences that we are all called to face at times.


Now it's true that we're not kings with great armies facing even greater armies, but in the kingdom of our own lives we often encounter this very thing.

A) So our feelings must be very much like King Asa's.


B) Have you ever thought you were secure, with plenty of money in the bank, with good health and a future that looked bright and rosy, and then suddenly,

1) Wham! Bam! -- disaster looms?


C) You realize you are outnumbered, outgunned and outclassed, up against a circumstance too big for you to handle.


D) Can I encourage you-  Get your eyes off of the MT / off of the Obstacle

1) Off of the problems – On to the Lord


E) He is the Deliverer – He is the all powerful one


#1 Asa recognized the unique ability of God to give help.

 #2 He recognized what is the action of those who believe that God is all powerful – We rest in you!

A) The degree that you believe in the power of God is going to be manifested in how you REST IN HIM


B) Priest in the OT – no wool – only Linen

1) Didn’t want them to sweat – They were to be a visible representation of a person resting in the Lord


C) Resting: Relaxed – Rejoicing in the Lord –


Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!


D) Can’t always rejoice in my circumstances but I can rejoice in the Lord

1) Resting in Him – His Power / His Care / His Wisdom - 


E) Is your heart at rest tonight – or are you stressed out – Striving –

1) Pulling your hair out - How big is your God!


#3 He recognized what it meant to be connected to the Lord. We go forth in Your Name!

A) Not my name that is on the line – not my Reputation that is at Stake – It is God’s


B) When I am representing Him – when I am I claiming to be His son/ daughter

1) His name is on the line!


C) A defeat goes against His record!

1) That is such an amazing thing to consider so connected to the Lord –


D) My Victory is His Victory – ALSO My defeat is His defeat

E) Indictment against David was you have given a reason to the Kings around us – Stumble



So Asa cries out to the Lord / putting his trust fully in the Lord

                                    Read v.12-15


So Asa and Israel end up with great Victory!

A) Many or by few – Jonathan and his armor bearer


B) God can work thru one!


                      RD Ch. 15:1-2


Now the timing of this exhortation seems a bit odd to many

A) Why does the Lord send the Prophet to warn Asa after this victory –


B) After this great moment of trusting in the Lord


C) Answer: It is in our times of Victory in our times of Strength – we are the most Vulnerable

1) To Him who thinks He stands take heed ……

D) Well Asa heeded the words of the Prophet and for 36yrs of his reign – He did well - He pleased the Lord


But in the 36 year of His reign after he had achieved so much – had become very successful – something happened -   {Where 1 Kings 15 left off – rd it here


In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.


SO Baasha the king of Israel secures Ramah and basically cuts off all the access routes to Judah

A) This would weaken trade as well as military power of Judah


B) SO what does Asa do? Who do you call?

1) He calls Ben Hadad the King of Syria

                RD V.2-6


C) Asa doesn’t call on the Lord – He calls on this earthly King – Guess what His plan worked

1) It was successful – Baasha pulled out


D) This can be one of the biggest traps in ministry and the Christian life –

1) Take matters into our own hands – and when we are successful – think – God’s approval


E) Often times it had nothing to do with God – in fact quite the opposite – {It was all us

When did this happen? After Asa had achieved Success

A) Early on when confronted by the million man army – He had nothing- Only God


B) Yrs later – now he had experience – Resources

   He was a leader – Savvy –


C) Guys we need to watch that we don’t put our confidence in the Flesh.


Paul in Phil 3/ Paul is talking about his background – his training – His education – His status


Phil 3:7-9

7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ


Here is what I find interesting about this passage:

A) Paul says the things that were gain to me – these things I have counted loss for Christ.


B) Have counted – Past tense – something I did earlier


C) V. 8 But I also count [ present tense ] all things loss –   Keep on doing it !

D) Paul’s struggle – not to lean on the flesh – not to put his confidence in that –

1) Counted it loss – Keep counting it loss


E) I suffered the loss of those things and I will keep counting them as rubbish


Why? No confidence in His Flesh

A) Paul believed and wanted to walk in the reality – Without Christ I can do nothing


B) But with Jesus I can do all things


C) I was challenged by this today: Outreach meeting

1) What are we going to do – How Advertise?

Well this is what we have always done ……..


D) But what does God want us to do?

1) Need to cry out to the Lord


I hate being a part of things where – Can’t see is this the Lord or is this us?


Think about your life – Problems – Challenges – How do you handle these things –

A) DO you turn to the Lord – cry out to the Lord or do you just handle them


B) Rely on Your Experience / Knowledge / Check book / Credit card


C) Guys when that is our mode of operation – we run the path of Asa

1) It might even be successful – might get applause

But God is not glorified – nor is He happy


The mantra today


D) Asa’s life teaches us that our Faith and reliance and dependence on the Lord is treasured by God


Notice what happens – Rdv.7-9


God sends a prophet to Asa – with a rebuke

A) Interesting the context of v.9 often quoted – but it is in the Context of a King who did the opposite


B) Context of a King whose heart wasn’t loyal to the Lord – but instead trusted in himself – took matters into His own hands


2 Chron 16:9

9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.


Eyes of the Lord run to and fro thru out all the earth


Remember what Satan said – to the Lord in the book of Job - Where Have you been?   Job 1:7

From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."

Have you seen my servant Job?

A) Satan walks – or runs to & fro looking for people to tear down / rip off / pull apart –


B) Thief who seeks to kill, rob and destroy

1) He moves as fast as he can to fulfill that mission


C) But the Eyes of the Lord – why the eyes – He is Omnipresent – Everywhere at once


D) His eyes go out looking for people’s who’s hearts are loyal to Him –

1) He wants to show Himself Strong on their behalf


E) Those whose trust is in Him – Looking to Him

Dependent on Him


Eyes of the Lord go throughout this Sanct tonight

What is He going to find?


Wrap up – Asa – Mad – Rd v.10-12