Asa, King of Judah: His Reforms (2 Chronicles 15)

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2 Chronicles 15

1. Which of the following most closely matches your general thoughts and attitude about the weekly sermon?

  • I usually remember it
  • I’m glad it’s only once a week
  • They don’t have much place in my life
  • They are too long

2. What advice would you offer on how to reach people through a sermon?

3. Azariah delivers a dynamic sermon and gets results! What are the main points? What is the impact for Asa? The people?

4. Do you think the command in verse 13 was fair? Why or why not (see Exodus 22:20 and Deuteronomy 13:6 – 9)?

5. What political changes took place in the life of the nation as a result of “finding” the Lord?

6. What was Asa’s and the nation’s reward for their actions?

7. Has a sermon ever changed your life or behavior? If so, share its message and lesson with someone.

8. How is Asa’s response to the sermon a model for people today? In what ways can you “take courage” after a sermon?

9. What would it mean for God to be “found” by your nation? By your church? By you?

10. Do you feel God is in hiding? If so, where is He?

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Asa, King of Judah (1 Kings 15:9 – 24; 2 Chronicles 14:2 – 15)

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1 Kings 15:9 – 24

2 Chronicles 14:2 – 15

1. Have you ever foraged through garbage dumpsters or roadside trash for treasures? With whom? What was the loot?

2. How often do you go “garbage sailing” or “dumpster diving”? What items do you look for? Ever been told you need to hold a garage sale?

3. Do you like tearing down or taking apart more than setting up and putting together?

4. What’s the most fun for you to tear down, take apart or clean up? What feels so good about it?

  • a campsite
  • garden weeds
  • car engine
  • bicycle
  • old apple tree
  • clothes closet

5. Why do you think Asa’s mother is not mentioned (1 Kings 15:10)? What could have motivated Asa to break the chain of evil forged by his father and grandfather?

6. What are Asa’s accomplishments (1 Kings 15:12 – 15)? Which accomplishments required tough moral fiber? What was Asa’s reward?

7. What is the function of “male shrine prostitutes” (1 Kings 15:12; Deuteronomy 23:17, 18; Hosea 4:14)?

8. How many fighting men were in Asa’s army? What were their weapons? How many fighting men in Zerah’s army? Chariots?

9. What resistance does Asa face in his reforms and why (1 Kings 5:13)?

10. If you were to go on a rampage against modern “Asherah poles”, what are your top two or three targets? Why?

11. What is Asa’s strategy for national defense (1 Kings 5:16 – 20)? What is the alliance based upon? What short-term benefit might it provide? What is the long-range problem in Asa’s military plan?

12. Asa relied on the Lord to fight his battle. What battle are you fighting now? How can you rely on the Lord to fight it?

13. Has your obedience to God ever alienated family or others around you? Was it really your faith or just your “holier-than-thou” attitude? What happened?

14. Is the security of your country in “silver and gold”? Stones and timber? Undercover dealings? Where does real security lie?

15. Do you fear becoming an invalid when you get older? Where will you live when you can no longer get around? How can you best prepare for possible disabling illness?

16. What was Asa’s battle strategy? Did it work? What happened to the “vast army” of the Cushites? Their villages and camps?

17. The kings of Judah and Israel had lots of influence over the people’s ideas about God? How did Asa witness to his faith in God?

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Abijah, King of Judah (1 Kings 15:1 – 8; 2 Chronicles 13:1 – 14:1)

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1 Kings 15:1 – 8

2 Chronicles 13:1 – 14:1

1. In what jams have you found yourself this past week?

2. In what two ways are you like (and unlike) your father?

3. What chapter from your life would you like to re-write if you could?

4. If you were chained to the wall in the cellar of a foreign jail, who of the following characters would you like to see leading the rescue team? Why?

  • Dr. Who
  • Sheriff Matt Dillon
  • James Bond
  • Indiana Jones

5. What kind of leader is Abijah?

  • cautious
  • timid
  • fool-hardy
  • righteous

6. Compare the picture of Abijah in 1 Kings 15 and 2 Chronicles 13. How are they different?

7. How many fighting men does Abijah have? What about Jeroboam? What has led to the two armies facing off?

8. Since Abijah is sinful, why is he given the throne? Why does God continue his line “for David’s sake” (1 Kings 15:4)?

9. Though Jeroboam has twice the fighting force, Abijah appears confident? Why?

10. What could the strange term “covenant of salt” mean to Abijah (see Leviticus 2:13; Numbers 18:19)?

11. What clues should show intelligent Israelites the error of Jeroboam’s rebellion?

12.How does Abijah mock Israel’s new gods or “not gods” (2 Chronicles 13:9)?

13. While Abijah is speaking, what is Jeroboam’s strategy? What turns the battle from a surprise attack into a victorious routing of the Israelites?

14. Besides the battle, what does Jeroboam lose? What does Abijah gain? How is Abijah’s leadership rewarded?

15. Many Bible stories tell how God routed enemies when His people were outnumbered. What do these stories tell you about God’s strategy vs human strategy? About risk taking?

16. What gods or “not gods” compete for people’s adoration today? Why have these “not gods” have any appeal? What “not gods” tend to compete for your adoration?

17. Does God bless people for the merit of their ancestors?

19. Why will one child follow the parents’ ways, another will reject them? Did you follow or reject your parents’ beliefs?

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