November 27: God’s unique relationship with Israel

Unfortunately, late in life Asa’s faith wavered, and at two points of crisis, he ignored God and turned to secular sources of help. Nevertheless, God’s overwhelming verdict is that “Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God.”

2 Chronicles 16:1-6

In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah, that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.  Then Asa brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king’s house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying,  Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. See, I have sent you silver and gold; come, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me.”

 So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel. They attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, and all the storage cities of Naphtali.  Now it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah and ceased his work.  Then King Asa took all Judah, and they carried away the stones and timber of Ramah, which Baasha had used for building; and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.


[This week’s pictures come from Israel365: ]

Dried fruit. Photo by Ilan Rosen.
Dried fruit. Photo by Ilan Rosen.

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