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, & Revive. If you didn’t catch the last post, “Remove”, you can find it here.
Asa replenished the Temple. Churches need to be replenished: With sinners & saints. God blessed him for it, and He will us as well.
Repair, 2 Chronicles 15:8.
Asa repaired the altar. We need to repair the altars in our life (Prayer). Do you spend time in effectual and fervant prayer on daily basis? (James 5:16)
Do you have a time to pray with your family? Do you pray when we pray at church? Do you pray without ceasing? (1 Thess 5:17) Asa repaired some things.
Revive, 2 Chronicles 15:9-15.
Asa revived the worship of Yahweh. Judah had fallen into idol worship, but they also were no longer worshipping God. Here they worshipped God. They sought God, He was found of them, He gave them rest. Asa revived some things.
Asa is blessed with 41 good years because he had courage to remove, replenish, repair, and revive. We can really learn from his positive example.
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.