The Scripture reading for today is 2 Chronicles 5 – 17.
One of the things you will notice about the Chronicles is that they maintain a fairly positive approach to the lineage of David, yet do mention their failures, and their turning from the LORD.
This morning I took note of king Asa, and the reforms he made in the land. You should notice also that during his reign many of Israel (Northern kingdom) left Jereboam, because he had departed from the LORD (2 Chronicles 11:16), and of Asa we read,
“Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD. And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.” 2 Chronicles 15:7-9 (KJB)
In the Christian Standard Bible verse nine,
“The he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, as well as those from the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who were residing among them, for they had defected to him from Israel in great numbers when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.”
Remember Jereboam, the king of the northern kingdom, refused to recognize the Levites as the priest of God, built golden calves, and set up his own priesthood. He refused the LORD God of Judah who had brought the people out of bondage.
How we need revival today. A renewing of faith in God, not health and wealth, not even political freedom; but of faith in God, and His Son Jesus Christ. The only hope for this world, our nation, the family, and every individual is to come to Jesus Christ trusting His finished work on the cross, repenting of our sins, and calling on His name.