Study Guide 2 Chronicles Chapter 15 and John 8:12
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2 Chronicles Chapter 15 Now that a major battle has been won with God’s help, a prophet named Azariah approaches the king to remind him that the people still need God’s help. He tells Asa that as long as they follow God, he’ll protect then. Back in the day, Israel didn’t follow God and they paid the price. But the people found their way back to Yahweh and he welcomed them back. King Asa is totally feeling the prophet’s words and he rededicates himself to serving God. He repairs the altar in the Temple and throws out all the idols. He gets everyone in Judah together, the guys from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and also people from the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon. Seems that once some of those northerners saw how holy and awesome the Southern Kingdom was, they jumped ship. Anyway, everyone comes together in Jerusalem and they make sacrifices in the Temple and promise God that they’ll always be faithful. Anyone who doesn’t want to be faithful to God will be put to death. So there’s that. King Asa is so serious about devotion to God that he even kicks his own mother out of the royal family because she made an idol to the goddess Asherah. Asa is loyal to God his entire life and nothing bad ever happened again. Well, until about 36 years into his reign. There’s another war. Darn. John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”