Hungry Men for Renewal #6
2 Chronicles 15 (NASB)
(1) Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded, {2} and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

1. Why did Azariah speak. v 1 ______________________________________________

2. When did Azariah say God would be with Asa and all Judah? v 2

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{3} "And for many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law. {4} "But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.

3. Why did God let the people find Him?
    a. He was tired of hiding.         c. He wanted to fool the false gods.
    b. The people sought Him.         d. He is always willing to be found.

{5} "And in those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands. {6} "And nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress. {7} "But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work." {8} Now when Asa heard these words and the prophecy which Azariah the son of Oded the prophet spoke, he took courage and removed the abominable idols from all the land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities which he had captured in the hill country of Ephraim. He then restored the altar of the LORD which was in front of the porch of the LORD. {9} And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin and those from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who resided with them, for many defected to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him. {10} So they assembled at Jerusalem in the third month of the fifteenth year of Asa's reign. {11} And they sacrificed to the LORD that day 700 oxen and 7,000 sheep from the spoil they had brought. {12} And they entered into the covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and soul;

4. What steps were taken to return to God?

        v 8 __________________________     v 9-10 _________________________

        v 11 _________________________     v 12 ___________________________

{13} and whoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.

5. What is your opinion of this death penalty? v 13

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{14} Moreover, they made an oath to the LORD with a loud voice, with shouting, with trumpets, and with horns. {15} And all Judah rejoiced concerning the oath, for they had sworn with their whole heart and had sought Him earnestly, and He let them find Him. So the LORD gave them rest on every side.

6. What evidence did the people see of God's blessing? ___________________________

{16} And he also removed Maacah, the mother of King Asa, from the position of queen mother, because she had made a horrid image as an Asherah, and Asa cut down her horrid image, crushed it and burned it at the brook Kidron. {17} But the high places were not removed from Israel; nevertheless Asa's heart was blameless all his days.

7.    What is the sad note of verse 17?

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{18} And he brought into the house of God the dedicated things of his father and his own dedicated things: silver and gold and utensils. {19} And there was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa's reign.

8. Bringing gold and silver utensils into the house of God indicates what?

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9. At a latter time on your own check out the "High Places".

    a. What were they? ______________________________________________

    b. Were they ever destroyed? ________________________________________

    c. Does anything resemble the "High Places" today? ______________________

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