Reading: 2 Chronicles 11:5-23; 13:3-21; 14:6-15:15; 17; 19; 20:1-30
Summary: Continuing our readings of material from Chronicles that is unique to this source we find additional records concerning the reigns of kings of Judah: Rehoboam, Abijam, Asa, and Jehoshaphat.
Say or Do?
“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory” (Friedrich Engels).
“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit” (Conrad Hilton).
Doing is better than knowing or saying. It’s true in all of life, including the spiritual.
Think about Kings Abijah and Asa, the son and grandson of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. In the record of Abijah from 2 Chronicles, there is a noticeable absence of any reference to his standing with God. That’s a telling sign. Yet, he delivers a very passioned and (mostly) accurate account of the difference between Judah and Israel to Jeroboam and his nation. He basically says you have forsaken God and will not succeed (2 Chronicles 13:8-12), while in Judah we have remained faithful and “God is with us at our head” (v. 12).
But notice what happens when Abijah dies and his son Asa reigns. Asa removed the foreign altars and high places, tore down the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim, and commanded all Judah to seek the Lord God and observe His law (2 Chron. 14:3-5). This is all preceded by a statement about Asa that was absent with his father, “And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God” (v. 2).
That’s the difference; Abijah said, Asa, did.