Chapter 15: The Prophet Azariyah Visits Asayah with the Word of Yah: Ysrayl Needs Yah Commandments and a Teaching Priest: Yah Will Always Be Found If You Seek Him
1 Now the Spirit of Yah came upon Azariyah the son of Obed. 2 And he went out to meet Asayah and said to him: “Hear me, Asayah and all Yahudah and Benyamin. The Most High is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. 3 For a long time Ysrayl has been without the true Power, without a teaching priest and without law–4 But when in their trouble they turned to the Almighty Power of Ysrayl and sought Him, He was found by them. 5 And in those times there was no peace to the one who went out nor to the one who came in but great turmoil was on all the inhabitants of the lands. 6 So nation was destroyed by nation and city by city, for Yah troubled them with every adversity. 7 But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded”!
Asayah with Courage Destroyed the Idols in Yahudah Benyamin and Ephraim: Asayah Restores the Altar of Yah: Some Israylites From Ephraim, Manasseh and Shimeon Help Asayah Because of Yah
8 And when Asayah heard these words and the prophesy of Obed (Azariyah Ben Obed/Oded) the prophet, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Yahudah and Benyamin and from the cities which he had taken in the mountains of Ephraim and he restored the altar of Yah that was before the vestibule of Yah. 9 Then he gathered all Yahudah and Benyamin and those who dwelt with them from Ephraim, Manasseh and Shimeon, for they came over to him in great numbers from Ysrayl when they saw that Yah his Almighty was with him.
Asayah and the Assembly Seek Yah with All Their Hearts and Souls and Make a Covenant with Yah: Yah Hears the Assembly and Gives Them Rest
10 So they gathered together at Yahrushalom in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asayah. 11 And they offered to yah at that time seven hundred bulls and seven thousand sheep from the spoil they had brought. 12 Then they entered into a covenant to seek Yah of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul–13 And whoever would not seek Yah Almighty of Ysrayl was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 14 Then they took an oath before Yah with a loud voice, with shouting and trumpets and ram’s horns. 15 And all Yahudah rejoiced at the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and sought Him with all their soul and He was found by them and Yah gave them rest all around.
*Yahoshua said the greatest commandment is to love Yah with all your heart soul and mind. Mattithyah 22:36-38.
Asayah Removes His Mother Maachah From High Position Because She Worshiped the Canaanite Goddess Asherah: All the High Places Not Torn Down But Asayah was Loyal to Yah
15 Also, he remove Maachah, the mother of Asayah the king from being queen mother because she made an obscene image of Asherah (a Cannanite deity) and Asayah cut down her obscene image, then crushed and burned it by the Brook Kidron. 17 But the high places were not removed from Ysrayl. Nevertheless, the heart of Asayah was loyah all his days.
Asayah dedicates Abiyah His Father and His Own Treasures to the House of Yah: No War in Yahudah Until the Thirty-fifth Year of His Reign
18 He also brought into the house of Yah the things that his father had dedicated and that he himself had dedicated: silver and gold and utensils. 19 And there was no war until the thirty-fifth year of the reign of Asayah.
Chapter 16: King Baasha of Ysrayl Starts Building a City to Block Yahudah: King Asayah Makes a Treaty with Syria For Help without Inquiring of Yah:
1 In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asayah, Baasha king of Ysrayl came up against Yahudah and built Ramah, that he might let none go out or come in to Asayah king of Yahudah. 2 Then Asayah brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of Yah and of the king’s house and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus saying: 3 “Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. See, I have sent you silver and gold. Come, break your treaty with Baasha king of Ysrayl, so that he will withdraw from me”. 4 So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asayah and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Ysrayl. They attacked Iyon, dan, Abyl Maim and all the storage cities of Naphtali. 5 Now it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah and ceased his work. 6 Then King Asayah took all Yahudah and they carried away the stones and timber of Ramah, which Baasha had used for building and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.
Yah Sends Hananiyah the Seer to Condemn King Asayah
7 And at that time Hananiyah the seer came to Asayah king of Yahudah and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria and have not relied on Yah your Almighty, therefore the army of king of Syria has escaped from your hand. 8 Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on Yah, He delivered them into your hand. 9 For the eyes of Yah run to and from throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those who heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly. Therefore, from now on you shall have wars”. 10 Then Asayah was angry with the seer and put him in prison, for he enraged at him because of this. And Asayah oppressed some of the people at that time.
*Compare v.9 with Proverbs 15:3.
*Have you noticed something? Verse 10, Ysrayl tends to get mad with those Yah sends. They slap them, put them in prison, they run for their lives or stone them to death and one even sawed in half. When the Israylites are going against Yah and Yah sends word, they don’t want to hear it.
The Illness and Death of Asayah
11 Note that the acts of Asayah, first and last, are indeed written in the book of the kings of Yahudah and Ysrayl. 12 And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asayah became diseased in his feet and his malady was severe. Yet, in his disease he did not seek Yah but the physicians. (Remember his covenant to seek Yah in 2 Chronicles 15:12) 13 So Asayah rested with his fathers. He died in the forty-first year of his reign. 14 They buried him in his own tomb, which he had made for himself in the City of David and they laid him in the bed which was filled with spices and various ingredients prepared in a mixture of ointments. They made a very great burning for him.
*His illness reminds me of diabetes which effects the whole body but usually strikes the feet (with the pins and needles sensation in the feet and blood clots in the legs and gangrene in the toes) first.