A bad king has a good son! For three thousand years the world has been
reading this wonderful testimony to Asa in verse 14. What will the
succeeding generations know of you? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they
knew this, too, of you?
“He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin which he made Israel to sin.” v26
These words are a refrain as we walk through the books of Kings and Chronicles.
We see that Jeroboam’s son rejected God as well, and so as king led Israel away rather than towards God.
But there is another refrain, which we read in v11, “And Asa [insert other king names as we’ll read over the next while] did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as David his father had done.”
So we have these two refrains, and it’s easy to think of them as doing evil and doing good. And they are!
But it’s more than that. We know David wasn’t perfect, and both things that seem in contradiction (righteousness and sin in the same person) are seen in v4-5, particularly “… because David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”
And previously, in ch 14 v8, “… and yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me with all his heart, doing only that which was right in my eyes,”.
And more! Ch 11 v6, “So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done.”, and again in that chapter v33 and v38.
How do we make sense of this, that David is held up as a person and a king who wholly followed the commands of the Lord?
I know we’ve talked about it previously, but it keeps popping up hey, throughout these books, as we walk through the history of the kings and the people.
But making sense of it can only be done with Jesus, Him as the lense through which we SEE.
He is our righteousness, just as He was David’s righteousness. David will stand in Jesus as we will on that last day. David sins are forgiven, the record of debt cancelled (Col 2 v13-15), just as with us!
Praise God that in Jesus we stand, that it is _His_ righteousness and His grace that saves us, through faith which is His gift to us (Eph 2)!