1 Kings Chapter 15
1 Kings Chapter 15 tells the story of Abijah, who was the King of Judah. The chapter tells us that he was not a righteous man like his forefather, King David. But God was merciful to him anyway and gave him a son and made Jerusalem a strong city. This is because David, now long dead, had kept the Lord’s commandments except when it came to the trouble with Bathsheba and Uriah the Hittite.
More about Abijah
Still, there was a war between Abijah’s father and Jeroboam, the king of the rest of the Israelites and even war between Abijah and Jeroboam. Abijah died and was succeeded by his son Asa.
The Story of Asa
1 Kings Chapter 15 then goes on to tell the story of Asa, who succeeded his father as King of Judah in the 20th year of the reign of Jeroboam. Asa reigns for 41 years and was righteous in the eyes of God. He got rid of the male prostitutes who worked in the shrine and banished the false idols that his forefathers had made and even demoted his grandmother because she had made an Asherah pole, which Asa cut down and burned. He brought precious metals into the temple.
The war between Asa and Baasha
However, there was a war between Asa and Baasha, who was the King of Israel. Baasha made a fortification in Ramah to keep people from leaving or entering the territories of Judah, over which Asa ruled. Asa then took the precious metals out of the temple and his palace and gave them to his officials.
He sent these men to Ben-Hadad in Damascus and asked him to break the treaty between Ben-Hadad and Baasha and make a treaty with Asa instead. Ben-Hadad did this and went to war against Baasha and conquered several towns. Baasha then stopped building in Ramah and fled to Tirzah. Asa had his subjects take down Baasha’s fortifications.
After Asa’s Reign
When Asa is an old man, some disorder attacks his feet. When he dies, he is succeeded by his son, Jehoshaphat. 1 Kings Chapter 15 then goes on to recount the reign of Nadab, who was Jeroboam’s son. He was sinful and caused Israel to become sinful. Baasha assassinated him, seized the crown and then killed Jeroboam’s entire family. God inspired him to do this because of Jeroboam’s wickedness.