2 Chronicles 16: King Asa’s Alliance with Syria

(14 verses, 2:38 to read)


What I am about the READ

  • Chapters 14-16 cover the reign of Asa. So far, so good. But here in chapter 16 Asa makes an alliance with Syria, indicating (we learn in this chapter) a lack of faith and trust in God.


  • 16:1-4, Asa brings gifts to Ben-Hadad, king of Syria, turning Syria against Israel and giving Judah relief from warring with Israel. (That sentence might not make sense. Here’s a map from the Holman Bible Atlas:


  • With Israel distracted from the north, Judah and king Asa are able to take down the recent fortifications built by Israel (16:5-6).
  • BUT, Asa is rebuked by Hanani the prophet (16:7-9) for trusting Syria instead of the Lord, and even has his thrown in prison (16:10).
  • The end of Asa (16:11-14) is not pretty. His feet are diseased, and we are told that he refused to humble himself and seek the Lord’s help, but relied only on men’s wisdom.


  • The theme of 2 Chronicles is becoming more and more clear as we read through the histories of the kings of Judah. Trusting in the Lord is good. Not trusting in the Lord is bad. I really think it’s that simple.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO






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