Sunday, June 4, 2023
“And [King Asa] commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment” (2 Chronicles 14:4 KJV).
What lawful advice can be gleaned from King Asa’s life?
In Genesis 12:1-3, we read of the Abrahamic Covenant: “ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” This agreement depended solely on what God would do for Abraham (grace), not what Abraham would do for God (law). Abraham would not make a great nation for God. God would make a great nation of Abraham.
Unfortunately, when Israel exited Egypt under Moses centuries later, they chose to abandon God’s grace and make themselves His people (law). Exodus chapter 19: “ And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;  Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.  And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.  And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.”
Asa knew Israel’s legal obligation to JEHOVAH God, and he wanted Israel to be well aware of it also….
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