In Matthew, Jesus is seen as the anointed messiah, the Christ who came to save his people from their sins. According to chapter one, Jesus is Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” The prophesied Messiah came as a great light to a dark world. Jesus fulfilled several messianic prophecies in his birth alone. (See Micah 5:2, Is 7:14) People (especially the religious rulers) should have easily seen that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah that was coming to save them. The Messiah spoke with authority, unlike the religious rulers. He was able to forgive the sins of people. As the Messiah, He came this time to die on the cross for the sins of the world, later he will return as a ruler that will set up his everlasting kingdom.
Micah 5:2 “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”
Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
In chapters fourteen through sixteen of second Chronicles shows the life of king Asa of Judah. King Asa reigned for forty-one years. He did what was right in the sight of the Lord (1 Kings 15:8). His first ten years of reign there was peace (14:1b-8). God gave him victory over Zerah the Cushite (14:9-15). There was a second reform in chapter fifteen. Here in chapter sixteen there are hostile moves against king Asa by king Baasha of Israel.
Judah was actually experiencing revival. Baasha king of Israel was not thrilled about this because Israel was coming down to Judah. To stop this he took over the city of Ramah in Judah. Starting now is the decline of king Asa. He took silver and gold from the treasuries of God and went to the king Ben-hadad of Aram (king Ben-hadad lived in Damascus, northeast of Israel). King Asa convinced king Ben-hadad to attack the northern cities of Israel. By doing this king Baasha of Israel pulled out of the city of Ramah to go protect his own cities. When king Baasha left the city, king Asa went in to Ramah and took their building supplies and used it to build up two other cities (Geba and Mizpah). This sounds like a great military plan, but king Asa is now no longer dependent upon the Lord and no longer walking by faith.
Hanani the prophet came to king Asa to rebuke him. King Asa was relying on king Ben-hada instead of God. Hanani reminds him about how God gave him victory in the past. In the middle of this chapter is a familiar verse (v. 9) “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His..” God is looking for people who will be dependent upon God instead in one’s own strengths and talents. King Asa no longer was dependent upon God. When Hanani the prophet confronted him, he was unwilling to repent and turn back to God. Instead he was furious and had Hanani thrown in prison and then he started oppressing his own people.
King Asa started great but sadly he did not end well. He refused to repent and become dependent upon God again. Because of this, God gave him a disease in his feet. Even after this disease, he was still unwilling to seek God, so he ended up dying. It is interesting that once king Asa no longer was walking with God, God gave him a disease in his feet.
Do you wait on God?
Is your heart totally dependent upon God?
Do you try to fix everything yourself or do you bring it before God?