15/5/2016 LESSON 11
ASA: A FOOLISH KING
Quarter’s Theme: PORTRAITS OF JEWISH KINGS
Unit 3 – Portraits Of The Kings Of Divided Kingdom (Lessons 5-12)
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 16, 226
Devotional Reading: HEB. 6:4-8
Topic For Adults
THE FAILURE OF A COMPROMISER
Topic For Youths
MAINTAIN GOD’S STANDARD, DON’T COMPROMISE
Topic For Intermediates
COMPROMISING IS SIN
2 KGS. 15:8-20
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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. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars (2 Chro. 16:9) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
When A Good King Rules
1 Kgs. 15:8-13
The reign of Abijam the father of king Asa was marked with wars; he never did anything right in the sight of God as he walked in the sins of his forefathers. Asa on the other hand decided to turn to God, which made him to achieve great exploits. First, he destroyed all idols in the land, chased out homosexuals and even dethroned his grandmother – Maachah because of what he believed was right. Comparing this account with 2 Chronicles 13, we learnt that Abijam knew something about the Lord, and knew how to preach – but he did not uproot the idolatry and sexual immorality that was introduced by Rehoboam. The successor of Abijam (Asa) removed the centres of the sexually-charged idolatry that was so common in the land (1 Kgs. 15:12-13). For 36 years, Asa served God in a devoted manner. He did all the right things and made all the right moves. He faced the enemies of God with a strong resolve to remain faithful – nothing would deter him from righteousness.
Point of Emphasis: A good ruler will always do what is right in the sight of the Lord and peace will abound.
Prayer Point: O Lord, help me to always do what pleases You.