Divrei Hayamim II – Fourteen: Asa

Asa is the latest King of Judah, and he’s apparently a good guy. He gets rid of idols, builds fortified cities, and brings peace to the land. “And he commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their forefathers and to perform the Law and the commandments (Chronicles II 14:3).” What I love about this verse is that Asa didn’t command the people to believe. Rather, his order was for them to search, to go on a journey towards a relationship with God. Perhaps I’m reading way too much into this, but it seems to me that this ancient king knew on some level that even he couldn’t command belief, and instead sought to create a community of seekers and doers. Jewish tradition teaches that study leads to action, but this takes it one step further in demonstrating that action can lead to belief.

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