2 Chronicles 14:1-8 – Maybe, The Whole Point Was to Shake Things Up!

Posted: August 20, 2020 in 14-2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 14:1-8

Asa Rules in Judah

Opening Illustration/Comments

Sometimes, a leader of a nation or a leader/pastor of a church comes along that shakes things up and gets things back on course or at least gets them refocused on what they should be focused on. Say what you will about Donald Trump, but he has certainly awakened the nation from its politically correct slumber. He certainly has awakened the conservative right to be more active. The reason that we have such great conflict at this age and time is because the vast majority of Americans of the conservative bent have largely been quiet since the 80s. During the interim, the liberal left has been able to have its voice heard and have its way to the point that music groups are being shamed into changing their names for fear of being remotely near the neighborhood of offending someone. Trump has created attentiveness in all of us whether you are liberal or conservative. Now, the conservatives who make up 2,600 of the counties of our country are speaking their voice instead of there only being the voice of the 500 liberal counties (which by the way are the 500 most populous counties in the country). Say what you will, but the outspoken, outrageous, sometimes ill-advised, egomaniacal, arrogant, and abrasive man that Trump is, has everybody talking now.

There is an ongoing debate now about the direction of and for the heart and soul of our country. I would dare venture to say that voter turnout for the November 2020 elections will be the highest probably since the Kennedy-Nixon election back in 1960. Sometimes, God brings along even a non-believer (as I do not think that Trump is a Christ follower as he claims) to shake things up, to create debate, to allow make to seriously look and make the choice of returning to God or not. That may be the reason that God allowed Trump to be elected. He allowed this man who is the epitome of egomania to be elected so that his presence in the office would create a debate about the direction of our country. That’s the shaking up that’s needed.

We see this in Asa in Judah. He the leader that came along to shake things up. He came along and shook things up in Judah. He caused a stir. He probably was a lightening rod for debate within Judah when he stopped the drift into idolatry with drastic and visual actions. He shook things up for the better. He forced Judah to examine itself and the direction that the country of Judah was heading and returned it to the Lord (however briefly that might have been). Sometimes, we as pastors are brought into churches to do the same thing. It may not be the sole purpose or reason that a pastor is hired or transferred to a church, but sometimes circumstances and the personalities involved cause the preacher to shake things up. Sometimes, a young buck preacher will come along into a stagnant church and shake the church out of its patterns, routines, and comfort zones. He may be disliked for doing it. He may even move to another church after a time of shaking things up. However, it may have been the moment at which God wanted things shaken up. It may have been the whole purpose of that pastor being at that church at that time period with those people at that time in that place. It may have been God’s intersective moment where He wants the debate to begin for the heart and soul and future of that church.

It is that idea of God’s intersective moments between moments in time, leaders at that moment, and people at that moment that I thought about this morning when reading this passage, 2 Chronicles 14:1-8. Let’s read through it this morning, together, with that idea in mind:

Scripture Passage

14 [a] So Abijah slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in the city of David. His son Asa succeeded him. In his days the land had rest for ten years. 2 [b] Asa did what was good and right in the sight of the Lord his God. 3 He took away the foreign altars and the high places, broke down the pillars, hewed down the sacred poles,[c] 4 and commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and to keep the law and the commandment. 5 He also removed from all the cities of Judah the high places and the incense altars. And the kingdom had rest under him. 6 He built fortified cities in Judah while the land had rest. He had no war in those years, for the Lord gave him peace. 7 He said to Judah, “Let us build these cities, and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars; the land is still ours because we have sought the Lord our God; we have sought him, and he has given us peace on every side.” So they built and prospered. 8 Asa had an army of three hundred thousand from Judah, armed with large shields and spears, and two hundred eighty thousand troops from Benjamin who carried shields and drew bows; all these were mighty warriors.

Passage Analysis

In this passage, we see that Asa’s reign was marked by peace he “did what was pleasing and good in the sight of the Lord, his God.” This refrain is often repeated in Chronicles – obedience to God leads to peace with God and others. In the case of Judah’s kings, obedience led to national peace, just as God promised centuries earlier. In our case, obedience may not always bring peace in our relationships in life, but it will bring peace with God and complete peace in his future Kingdom. Asa probably did not have peace in his relationships internally within the nation. But God used him to achieve something that needed to happen. His bold moves may have been seen as arrogant, unilateral, mean, and overstepping his bounds but they were needed. His bold moves caused a debate to being about where Judah was headed – back to God or further into idolatry. The necessary debate was had and God’s peace was granted when the nation returned to the Lord.

Life Application

I think the thing that we need to takeaway this morning is that sometimes God allows a leader to be in our midst to cause a stir, to shake things up, to cause debate as to what kind of organization we are going to be. Maybe, that’s what God wants at times. Things shaken up. In our nation, there are those leaders who God allows to come along that are the great shaker-uppers, the great debate starters. Some leaders of our nation that were either loved or hated with no in between. We have seen this before with Lincoln, Kennedy and now Trump at key points in our country’s history as to its direction. In our churches, it can be the same, there may be moments in which God allows the intersection of a pastor and a church at time where a critical juncture in time is occurring where the future direction of a church is at stake. Sometimes, God brings people, leaders and moments in time all together where it’s time to shake things up, time to get a debate started, about where we are going and how we are going to get there.

Amen and Amen.

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