April 27, 2003
Guard Against Bad Solutions
I Kings 15 & 16
II Chronicles 13-16
v. 2 - “his mother’s name was Maachah” - I will not
venture to spend much time here except
the name means oppression - the possibility
of her name coming from Syria Maachah,
Geshur - wild area - refuge for outlaws &
II Sam. 3:3 Name changed to Hebrew
Michajahu - Who is like Jehovah?
Absalom’s daughter or granddaughter -
she was the Michaiah - (Who is like God?)
of II Chron. 13:2
Asa her grandson - she the queen mother -
her name reverted back to the degraded
Maachah at her deposition for her idolatry.
If this was the only instance in Scripture it should warn
us of departing from the Living God!
v. 3 - It does not appear that Abijah was a vicious man -
he is spoken of as pious in II Chron. 13:10-12
but he sanctioned idolatry as this verse implies.
II Chron. 13:5 - “Ought ye not to know .....”
vs. 4-5 - David, still the standard - “a man after God’s
Read v. 5
v. 9 - The reign of Asa - related at length in parallel
passages in II Chron. 14-16
v. 10 - 41 years - Asa saw 8 kings on the throne of
Israel - Jeroboam, Nadab, Baasha, Elah,
Zimri, Tibni, Omri & Ahab
There is some question as to if Maachah was Asa’s
mother or grandmother.
vs. 11-13 - read & comment.
A time of internal reforms & external discipline.
Can morality support itself without a religious basis
and religious sanctions? Democracy cannot exist
for long without morality - a Founding Father
Parallel II Chron. 14:1-7
Asa’s reforms raised the tone of public morality by
suppressing the idolatry which sanctioned &
consecrated impurity - Hollywood
v. 12 - “he took away the Sodomites out of the land”
McGee - It is not a mark of being civilized when any
nation drops to the low level we have today.
God gives up any people who have a permissive
society, openly allowing homosexuality. We
need to recognize how serious a sin homo-
sexuality is - it is a mark of gross degradation.
It is as corrupt and depraved a sin that man
can commit - man cannot sink any lower than
this. When men get this low God gives them up.
Asa dealt with the problem and he is called a good
king. God has not changed his mind on this issue.
What an abyss of corruption does this one brief
sentence reveal to us. - Sen. Sanatorium’s
predicament - Dixie Chicks nude photo
“It is a shame even to speak of those things
which were done of them in secret” - Eph. 5:11-13
A profitable parallel study would be Ezekiel 8:5-18
Idols - ball of dung - Beelzebul - the lord of dung.
Maachah’s idol - a phallic image planted erect in
the ground - not called a thing of shame but a horrendum.
v. 12 - “and removed all the idols that his fathers had
made” - the bitter fruits of Solomon’s sin -
by granting to foreign deities & shameful
superstitions a footing in Immanuel’s land,
it was more than his feeble successors could
do to dislodge them.
The people “loved to have it so” - Jer. 5:31 & neither
Rehoboam nor Abijah was strong enough to tell them
Thus did Solomon, down to Asa’s days, and even to
the time of the captivity, go on sinning in his grave.
II Chron. 36:14 I Tim. 5:24 - “Some men’s sins
are open beforehand, going before
to judgment; and some men’s they
v. 13 - He began at the right place - the Japanese
have a proverb - “Fish begin to stink at the head”
If the court be corrupt, profligate, irreligious, the
commonality will soon follow suit, for we all imitate our
superiors. ex. Bill Clinton’s sexual escapade’s influence
on adolescents & teenager's sexual behavior as commonly
reported by the media.
Courts, lawyers, Hollywood & the general populace will
give an account for promiscuous behavior.
This public burning, witnessed by crowds of spectators,
spoke louder than any words or ordinances could do.
When they saw the “horror” reduced to ashes and cast
in the brook they could have no doubt as to the purpose
of the king, whose side he was on! Asa following
Moses’ example in Exodus.
II Chron. 14:3 - “brake down the images, & cut down
the groves” - terms voluptuous &
sensual show up in commentary.
v. 14 - Parallel - II Chron. 15:1-17
v. 16 - Civil War vs. 18-20 - Asa’s wrong solution.
The short cut which Asa thought to take was not
the safe nor the right one.
Contrast II Chron. 14:9-12 with II Chron. 16:7-12
“thou shalt have wars”
v. 17 - Baasha trying to stop the alarming defection
of all that was virtuous out of his borders.
v. 18 - a serious mistake without authority.
Not home yet - Asa’s reign was remarkable for his
devotion to God but it did not reach its end without
a mournful defection on Asa’s trust in God.
A mark left tarnished for all ages, a reign
that otherwise would have been the fairest
among all the kings of Judah.
v. 20 - Commentary says that this is the last
mention of the place in Scripture.
Retribution had fallen on one of the centers
of Jeroboam’s schism.
v. 29 - Retribution falling on Jeroboam as
promised by God - 14:10
Two parties - Jeroboam sinned and made
the people also to sin. One suggested
it, the other embraced it.
What Jeroboam suffered:
a. foreknowledge that his kingdom would
b. foretaste of the destruction of his family
(his posterity swept away like dung)
c. remorse & vexation - compare the two
messages of Ahijah - ch. 11:31-39 giving
him dominion over ten tribes & ch. 14:7-16
giving him neither subject or survivor.
d. the shameful murder of his family
e. his own untimely end
What the people suffered:
a. misgovernment - of the kings of Israel
there was not one who did not “do evil”
in the sight of the Lord.
b. civil war
c. invasion by Ahijah, Shishak, Syria
d. loss of territory - Israel was cut short
II Kings 10:32
e. famine - II Kings 8:1
f. Captivity - carried away to Babylon
The possibilities of today with Babylon.
NT prophecy - rebuilt - riches - US/Iraqi War-
In Clarksville book store Lifeway - I read
where the UN sets up in Babylon.
Nothing but evil kings in Israel.
Baasha - Message from the Lord through Jehu.
All the prophets in succession have the same
message from God for the same sins.
v. 2 - The workings of Jeroboam’s sin.
The constant disaffections and periodical
upheavings of society in the northern kingdom
compared with the quietness & security in Judah.
II Chron. 14:5-7 - three successive verses -
“quiet” “no war” “rest”
Jeroboam had accustomed the people to play
fast & loose with the commandments of heaven.
A daring impiety characterizes the whole period from
Jeroboam to Hoshea. A practically atheistic,
priest-less, lawless life.
The Tabernacle of Witness in the wilderness was given
up for the tabernacle of Moloch & the star god of
Remphan” - Acts 7:42-43
If men will not have God in their thoughts, He gives
them over to a reprobate mind - Rom. 1:28
The Jews have a saying, that in all the scourgings,
plagues & chastisements which they have endured,
there is not one but has in it an ounce of the dust
of the golden calf which Aaron made. The saying
holds true for Jeroboam of the calves which he
made. There is not one of the troubles which
befell both the crown & the kingdom which the ten
tribes endured, but had its starting point in the sin
v. 9 - “Zimri ...as he was in Tirzah, drinking
Insubordination and impiety - sin after sin,
sinner after sinner. v. 13
v. 19 - Sins finding him out.
v. 21 - “Then were the people of Israel
divided into two parts: half of the
people followed Tibni....half followed
America split along the same lines & for the same reasons?