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Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible - Old Testament

Second Chronicles 16 (Chapter XVI Study)

 

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This chapter concludes the history of the reign of Asa, but does not furnish so pleasing an account of his latter end as we had of his beginning. I. Here is a foolish treaty with Benhadad king of Syria, ver. 1-6. II. The reproof which God sent him for it by a prophet, ver. 7-9. III. Asa's displeasure against the prophet for his faithfulness, ver. 10. IV. The sickness, death, and burial of Asa, ver. 11-14.

Asa's League with Benhadad. (b. c. 929.)

1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. " alt="St-Takla.org Image: Map: King Asa needed to recapture Ramah but knew that would be difficult while King Baasha had the support of the powerful King Ben-Haddad of Aram and his army. Instead of asking God for help and trusting Him, Asa devised his own plan. (1 Kings 15: 18-20) (2 Chronicles 16: 2-4) - "King Asa fails to trust god and faces conflict" images set (1 Kings 15:16-24, 2 Chronicles 16:1-13): image (6) - 1 Kings, Bible illustrations (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: خريطة: "وأخذ آسا جميع الفضة والذهب الباقية في خزائن بيت الرب وخزائن بيت الملك ودفعها ليد عبيده، وأرسلهم الملك آسا إلى بنهدد بن طبريمون بن حزيون ملك أرام الساكن في دمشق قائلا: «إن بيني وبينك وبين أبي وأبيك عهدا. هوذا قد أرسلت لك هدية من فضة وذهب، فتعال انقض عهدك مع بعشا ملك إسرائيل فيصعد عني». فسمع بنهدد للملك آسا وأرسل رؤساء الجيوش التي له على مدن إسرائيل، وضرب عيون ودان وآبل بيت معكة وكل كنروت مع كل أرض نفتالي" (الملوك الأول 15: 18-20) - "وأخرج آسا فضة وذهبا من خزائن بيت الرب وبيت الملك، وأرسل إلى بنهدد ملك أرام الساكن في دمشق قائلا: «إن بيني وبينك، وبين أبي وأبيك عهدا. هوذا قد أرسلت لك فضة وذهبا، فتعال انقض عهدك مع بعشا ملك إسرائيل فيصعد عني». فسمع بنهدد للملك آسا، وأرسل رؤساء الجيوش التي له على مدن إسرائيل، فضربوا عيون ودان وآبل المياه وجميع مخازن مدن نفتالي" (أخبار أيام الثاني 16: 2-4) - مجموعة "الملك آسا يفشل في الثقة في الله ويجابه الحرب" (ملوك الأول 15: 16-24, أخبار الأيام الثاني 16: 1-13) - صورة (6) - صور سفر الملوك الأول (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا" width="640" height="480">

St-Takla.org Image: Map: King Asa needed to recapture Ramah but knew that would be difficult while King Baasha had the support of the powerful King Ben-Haddad of Aram and his army. Instead of asking God for help and trusting Him, Asa devised his own plan. (1 Kings 15: 18-20) (2 Chronicles 16: 2-4) - "King Asa fails to trust god and faces conflict" images set (1 Kings 15:16-24, 2 Chronicles 16:1-13): image (6) - 1 Kings, Bible illustrations (1931-2009), published by Sweet Media

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: خريطة: "وأخذ آسا جميع الفضة والذهب الباقية في خزائن بيت الرب وخزائن بيت الملك ودفعها ليد عبيده، وأرسلهم الملك آسا إلى بنهدد بن طبريمون بن حزيون ملك أرام الساكن في دمشق قائلا: «إن بيني وبينك وبين أبي وأبيك عهدا. هوذا قد أرسلت لك هدية من فضة وذهب، فتعال انقض عهدك مع بعشا ملك إسرائيل فيصعد عني». فسمع بنهدد للملك آسا وأرسل رؤساء الجيوش التي له على مدن إسرائيل، وضرب عيون ودان وآبل بيت معكة وكل كنروت مع كل أرض نفتالي" (الملوك الأول 15: 18-20) - "وأخرج آسا فضة وذهبا من خزائن بيت الرب وبيت الملك، وأرسل إلى بنهدد ملك أرام الساكن في دمشق قائلا: «إن بيني وبينك، وبين أبي وأبيك عهدا. هوذا قد أرسلت لك فضة وذهبا، فتعال انقض عهدك مع بعشا ملك إسرائيل فيصعد عني». فسمع بنهدد للملك آسا، وأرسل رؤساء الجيوش التي له على مدن إسرائيل، فضربوا عيون ودان وآبل المياه وجميع مخازن مدن نفتالي" (أخبار أيام الثاني 16: 2-4) - مجموعة "الملك آسا يفشل في الثقة في الله ويجابه الحرب" (ملوك الأول 15: 16-24, أخبار الأيام الثاني 16: 1-13) - صورة (6) - صور سفر الملوك الأول (1931-2009)، إصدار شركة سويت ميديا

3. That he acted against his interest. (1.) He had lost an opportunity of checking the growing greatness of the king of Syria, (v. 7): His host has escaped out of thy hand, which otherwise would have joined with Baasha's and fallen with it. (2.) He had incurred God's displeasure and henceforth must expect no peace, but the constant alarms of war, v. 9. Those that cannot find in their hearts to trust God forfeit his protection and throw themselves out of it.

II. Asa's displeasure at this reproof. Though it came from God by one that was known to be his messenger, though the reproof was just and the reasoning fair, and all intended for his good, yet he was wroth with the seer for telling him of his folly; nay, he was in a rage with him, v. 10. Is this Asa? Is this he whose heart was perfect with the Lord all his days? Well, let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall, and you can find more about that here on st-takla.org on other commentaries and dictionary entries. A wise man, and yet in a rage! An Israelite, and yet in a rage with a prophet! A good man, and yet impatient of reproof, and that cannot bear to be told of his faults! Lord, what is man, when God leaves him to himself? Those that idolize their own conduct cannot bear contradiction; and those that indulge a peevish passionate temper may be transported by it into impieties as well as into indecencies, and will, some time or other, fly in the face of God himself. See what gall and wormwood this root of bitterness bore. 1. In his rage he committed the prophet to the jail, put him in a prison-house, as a malefactor, in the stocks (so some read it,) or into little-ease. God's prophets meet with many that cannot bear reproof, but take it much amiss, yet they must do their duty. 2. Having proceeded thus far, he oppressed some of the people, probably such as owned the prophet in his sufferings, or were known to be his particular friends. He that abused his power for the persecuting of God's prophet was left to himself further to abuse it for the crushing of his own subjects, whereby he weakened himself and lost his interest. Most persecutors have been tyrants.

III. His sickness. Two years before he died he was diseased in his feet (v. 12), afflicted with the gout in a high degree. He had put the prophet in the stocks, and now God put him in the stocks; so his punishment answered his sin. His disease was exceedingly great; it came to the height (so some); it flew up to his head (so others), and then it was mortal. This was his affliction; but his sin was that in his disease, instead of seeking to the Lord for relief, he sought to the physicians. His making use of physicians was his duty; but trusting to them, and expecting that from them which was to be had from God only, were his sin and folly. The help of creatures must always be used with an eye to the Creator, and in dependence upon him, who makes every creature that to us which it is, and without whom the most skilful and faithful are physicians of no value. Some think that these physicians were strangers to the commonwealth of Israel, and were a sort of conjurers, to whom he applied as if there were not a God in Israel.

IV. His death and burial. His funeral had something of extraordinary solemnity in it, v. 14. They made a very magnificent burying for him. I am loth to think (as some do) that he himself ordered this funeral pomp, and that it was an instance of his vanity, that he would be buried like the Gentiles, and not after the way of the Jews. It is said indeed, He digged the sepulchre for himself, as one mindful of his grave; but I am willing to believe that this funeral pomp was rather an expression of the great respect his people retained for him, notwithstanding the failings and infirmities of his latter days. It was agreed to do him honour at his death. Note, The eminent piety and usefulness of good men ought to be remembered to their praise, though they have had their blemishes. Let their faults be buried in their graves, while their services are remembered over their graves. He that said, There is not a just man that doeth good and sinneth not, yet said also, The memory of the just is blessed; and let it be so.

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