2 Chronicles 16

Asa’s loss of faith and decline.

A contrasting victory to the last chapter, where he prayer for and got God’s help. Here he buys the allegiance of a foreign nation against the northern kingdom, using treasury from the temple.

God sends a prophet to tell him he’s done the wrong thing and he turns on God, jailing the prophet. He also starts unfairly oppressing the people, and when he gets a chronic illness, refuses prayer over it.

This is all merely noted, a sad, flawed end to an otherwise long, peaceful and pious reign.

On the weekend an older guy at church, I’d guess in his 70s was baptised. Sort of the opposite of this story. I found it moving that he came to that decision at that point in his life.

While we live, our thinking is not set.

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