Applications from 1 Kings
1 KINGS 15:9-24
In this text we read of Asa, King of Judah. Since David, Asa is the first good king. Of the facts we have recorded here and in Chronicles…these are the highlights of his reign:
- The civil war that was started when the kingdom was divided is continued here with Asa, v.16.
- He banished those who practiced sexual perversion in the religious rituals, v.12.
- He removed all the idols his fathers had made, v.12.
- He removed the queen because of her idolatry, v.13.
- He removed and burned the queen’s idol, v.13.
- He replenished the treasures of the temple, v.15.
- From Chronicles we see he repaired the altar of sacrifice at the temple, and revived worship of Yahweh.
It seems the pattern Asa followed for his life allowed him to be blessed with 41 years as king. What can you and I learn from him?
Remove, Replenish, Repair, and Revive.
Asa removed the idols. Because of this, even with other mistakes, the scripture records that his heart was perfect with the Lord all his days. The text provides the mistakes that he made: 1- In v.14, we are told he did not remove the high places. 2 – In v.18, he removed the treasures from temple. Still, he is said to have a perfect heart before God. We learn from this that God can work with mistakes; He will not compete with idols.
- For more on how God deals with mistakes, see 1 John 1.
- For more on how God deals with idols, see Exodus 20.
Asa enjoyed a long and blessed life because he removed idols. What idols do you need to remove? Anything that takes priority in your life over your relationship with God is an idol.
Check back next week for more from this text…
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.