Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 Chronicles Chapter 14

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Ezra
Date Penned: (430 BC)
Overview: A History of God's Chosen People (c 1-36)
Theme: The Kingdom of Judah (c 10-36)
Message: Asa Rules Judah (v 1-15)

2 Chronicles 14 Commentary 

(14:1-6) Asa Follows the Lord - Asa's reign was marked by peace because he "did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God." This refrain is often repeated in Chronicles obedience to God leads to peace with God and others. In the case of Judah's kings, obedience to God led to national peace, just as God had promised centuries earlier. In our case, obedience to God may not always bring peace with our enemies, but it will bring peace with God and complete peace in his future kingdom. Obeying God is the first step on the path to peace.


(14:3:5) Asa Removes the Source of Sin - Securing God's peace takes more than simply going through the motions of faith. Like Asa, we must also actively remove anything that is offensive to God. Becoming more active in church attendance or doing good will still leave us feeling empty if we have failed to eliminate sinful practices from our lives. We should continually ask God to help us remove sources of temptation from our lives.


(14:7) Asa Brings Rest -  "Rest on every side" means that the people of Judah had established peace with all their neighbors. Times of peace are not just for resting. They allow us to prepare for times of trouble. King Asa recognized the period of peace as the right time to build his defenses- the moment of attack would be too late. To withstand spiritual attack is also difficult unless defenses are prepared beforehand. Decisions about how to face temptations must be made with a cool head long before you feel the heat of temptation. Build your defenses now before temptation flares up.


(14:11) Asa Prays For God's Help - If you are facing battles you feel you can't possibly win, don't give up. In the face of vast hordes of enemy soldiers, Asa prayed for God's help, recognizing his powerlessness against such a mighty army. The secret of victory is first to admit the futility of unaided human effort and then to trust God to save. His power works best through those who recognize their limitations (2 Corinthians 12:9). Those who think they can do it all on their own are in the greatest danger.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

It is Always Too Soon to Quit

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of 2 Chronicles with Chapter 14 and we see that Abijah has passed and now Asa his son is King of Judah. Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord and when faced with an impossible battle he did not quit but rather called upon the Lord and the Lord delivered them over the Ethiopians. In making application we see when fighting the Spiritual battles of life we must have realize that the Lord is in control and we are not to quit - but have faith in the Lord. It reminds me of a saying from a friend of mine, "It is always too soon to quit" The Lord is in the business of making the impossible - possible. My friend experienced this in world war 2 when his company faced impossible odds to build boats that helped us win the war. He said the task of building these boats were impossible but he didn't quit, he prayed and the Lord allowed his company to do the impossible. He said later, what if we did quit? - what if we had lost our faith in the Lord? Would we have won the war? This thought is the slogan that he uses today to encourage me when things seem impossible. "It is always to soon to quit". How about you? Are you facing obstacles that seem to be impossible? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Asa to remember that is - Always too soon to quit.


2 Chronicles 14

2 Chronicles 14

 1So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.

 2And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:

 3For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:

 4And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.

 5Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.

 6And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.

 7Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.

 8And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these were mighty men of valour.

 9And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.

 10Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

 11And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.

 12So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.

 13And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.

 14And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them.

 15They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.