1Kings 15:4 Nevertheless for David’s sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:
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Just a few practical things here-
We see the heirs to the thrones [both Israel and Judah] and how their sons after them often follow the footsteps of their dads- but not in every case.
Usually those with short reigns- are leading the people down wrong paths- and those with longer rule- are attempting to do what is right.
Asa- king of Judah- does right- has a 41 year reign- and he is a builder.
Yet- in times of trouble- he takes the restored wealth- and hires the king of Syria to fight against Baasha- king of Israel- in order to stop Baasha from fighting him.
Baasha was building Ramah- a city that was vital to the survival of Judah- and the king of Syria does his ‘hired’ job- breaks a covenant he had with the king of Israel and attacks him.
Baasha- the Israelite king leaves off building of Ramah- and goes home to protect his own turf.
Then Asa makes a decree- and he uses all the stones that were being built against him- and builds good out of them.
The lesson is clear- what the enemy meant for evil- Asa turned it around- and built the kingdom [or 2 cities]-
Just a note- down the road we will read a rebuke that God gave to Judah- because they trusted in the arm of the flesh in hiring the king of Syria- and did not trust wholly in the Lord.
But the idea was good at least- in using the enemies rocks- and making something good out of it.
I’ll add my past teaching on this chapter below- and simply end this note by encouraging you- what roadblocks have you had to deal with on your journey?
Have they seemed unfair?
Often times they do-
But turn it around- wait on the Lord- maybe for a season you will have to put the building project off- because of a fierce battle.
Fine- fight the battle- but don’t forget to get back to the task at hand.
You are a builder of the kingdom of God.
The rulers of this world did something- they crucified the Lord of glory-
But if they knew what they were doing at the time- they would have never done it-
1 Corinthians 2:8
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
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But they were simply carrying out the foreordained will of God.
And in the end- it worked out well.
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
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