Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 128/260: Asa

Read 2 Chronicles 15:16-17

God Comes Before Family

In Jewish literature, we often see male ancestors identified as “fathers” and female ancestors as “mothers.” Maachah was the grandmother of Asa; she was Rehoboam’s favorite wife. “Now Rehoboam loved Maachah the granddaughter of Absalom more than all his wives and his concubines; for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters” (2 Chronicles 11:21). Among those twenty-eight sons was Abijah, Asa’s father.

But notice that during Asa’s reign, Maachah’s place of honor in the nation was taken from her. “Also he removed Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, from being queen mother, because she had made an obscene image of Asherah; and Asa cut down her obscene image, then crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron” (2 Chronicles 15:16). Why was she removed? Because she refused to go along with the spiritual reforms that Asa had instituted across the land!

It did not matter that she was the king’s grandmother. Asa put God first, and no one could supplant God in the king’s heart. “Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days” (2 Chronicles 15:17).

Sometimes our faith is challenged when family members begin teaching or practicing things that are contrary to the Scriptures. In recent years this has been evident in the controversy surrounding divorce and remarriage. There are those who will either twist Jesus’ words or altogether ignore them because they do not want to condemn their family members who are in the wrong. Yet, the Lord’s words are unambiguous: “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9). Even if the “whoever” is your child, or your sibling, or your parent.

Have you changed your stance because of a family member’s situation? The Word of God does not change, but often the doctrines held by men change. Do not let anyone take you away from the truth revealed in God’s Word. Stand firm on the solid foundation of Jesus!

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