"Royal Reflections"
Series on the Kings, Lesson 10

The King Who Sinned By Going To The Podiatrist

Read: 2 Chronicles 14:1-15:7 (Later read through 16:14)

Text: (2 Chr 16:12 KJV) And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

Theme: When a Christian lets down his guard, he will drift away from God.


Introduction:


I. Of his 41 year reign, 35 were spent serving God.

A. Asa took a stand for God. (14:2-4)

ILLUS. Like David against Goliath, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine?"

ILLUS. Like Joshua, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

ILLUS. Like Elijah, "I have been very zealous for the Lord of hosts…"

B. Asa knew he should build defenses in time of peace. (14:6-8)

1. You need the Bible when things are going well.

(Why daily reading and memorization are so important.)

2. You need prayer when things are going well.

3. You need to be faithful when God is blessing.

C. Asa was a man used to great victories.

1. Partly because he prepared. (vs. 8)

ILLUS. David had slung stones before, so he was prepared for Goliath!

ILLUS. God made Moses practice throwing down the rod!

2. Partly because he prayed (vs. 11)

(Jer 33:3 KJV) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

D. Asa was a man who was growing in the Lord.

1. Partly because he listened to God's words. (15:1-8)

2. Partly because he acted on God's words. (16:8-19)

NOTE - Even when it meant putting God ahead of his own family! (15:16)

E. In short, ASA WAS A MODEL BELIEVER!

II. But, somewhere around year 36, Asa started to drift.

A. It never occurs suddenly. It is a gradual thing.

ILLUS. (Pietri Bandinelli) - When Leonardo da Vinci was painting his masterpiece, The Last Supper, he selected as the person to sit for the character of the Christ a young man, Pietri Bandinelli by name, connected with the Milan Cathedral as chorister. Years passed before the great picture was completed, and when one character only—that of Judas Iscariot—was wanting, the great painter noticed a man in the streets of Rome whom he selected as his model. With shoulders far bent toward the ground, having an expression of cold, hardened, evil, saturnine, the man seemed to afford the opportunities of a model terribly true to the artist’s conception of Judas. When in the studio, the profligate began to look around, as if recalling incidents of years gone by. Finally, he turned and with a look half-sad, yet one which told how hard it was to realize the change which had taken place, he said, "Maestro, I was in this studio twenty-five years ago. I, then, sat for Christ."

1. It happens to the best of Christians.

ILLUS. King David, King Solomon

2. It can happen to YOU.

B. Asa began to trust his own accomplishments (16:1-2)

ILLUS. Rich fool, who trusted in his own wealth more than in Christ.

C. Asa began to trust men in stead of God. (16:2-6)

D. Asa QUIT TRUSTING GOD ALTOGETHER. (16:7)

1. Note that this was a progression!

2. Nobody gives up on God overnight.

3. MANY do over a period of time, though.

III. By the 39th year, Asa was completely adrift.

A. He experienced the chastisement of God. (16:7-9)

(Gal 6:7 KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

(Heb 12:5-7 KJV) And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

B. Rather than listening and learning from God's chastisement, Asa turned against the messenger! (16:10)

1. Sometimes the message is hard to listen to.

(Gal 4:16 KJV) Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

ILLUS. There was a time when I slipped away… stopped attending church. I went to my pastor after a long absence, and rather than kind words, he said to me bluntly, "You are backslidden, Bill." I never forgot the harsh impact of those words crashing into me… nor their effectiveness. Sometimes the message is hard to listen to.

ILLUS. A good preacher friend told of a time that he threw an errant believer out of his office, telling him that when he wanted to listen to the truth, he could come back. This young man didn't want to hear the truth because sometimes the message is hard to listen to.

2. Some respond to the message by prayerfully listening and considering and changing their ways.

ILLUS. David - "Thou art the man!" - Psalm 51

3. Some respond by turning against the message and the messenger.

ILLUS. Asa

C. Rather than listening and learning from God's chastisement, Asa turned against his own people! (16:10)

D. Asa died like a lost man. (16:12-13)

1. Christians die well.

ILLUS. George Patrick, my good brother, whom I saw moments after he went home to be with the Lord. Although he had suffered intense pain in his last days, in death he was smiling.

ILLUS. Dr. Tom Malone tells the story of a dear saint who lay dying. He went to be with her. As he talked with her, he noticed she seemed distracted by something, as if she could see something outside her window. He got up and opened it for her. She gazed intently through it until suddenly she sat up in bed pointing a shaking finger out the window and exclaiming, "There He is!" Then she fell back onto the bed, gone.

2. Lost people die badly.

QUOTE (Thomas Paine) "I would give worlds, if I had them, if the 'Age of Reason' had never been published. O Lord help me! Christ, help me! Stay with me! It is hell to be left alone."

3. Sadly, with Asa, you couldn’t tell the difference.


Conclusion:

    1. Never be satisfied with a good start. (Good starts don't always win races. Remember the tortoise and the hare.)
    2. ALWAYS be wary after victories. (I have a good preacher friend who preaches a message entitled "Then Cometh The Devil" about this very thing.)
    3. NEVER think you can survive even a second without God's help. (The devil loves overconfident believers. QUOTE - "Satan loves a shining mark!")
    4. When God speaks, no matter how much it hurts, LISTEN and ACT ON IT.
    5. Keep the lines of communication open between you and God by DAILY reading and meditating on His word, and by DAILY prayer. The second you close the communication lines, you start to drift away from God.
    6. PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER. (ILLUS. Paul, the greatest of Christians, said constantly, "Pray for me.")

Text: (2 Chr 16:12 KJV) And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

Theme: When a Christian lets down his guard, he will drift away from God.


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