1 Kings 15* Wicked reign of Abijam, king of Judah. (1-8) Good reign ofAsa, king of Judah. (9-24) The evil reigns of Nadab and Baashain Israel. (25-34)1-8 Abijam's heart was not perfect with the Lord his God; hewanted sincerity; he began well, but he fell off, and walked inall the sins of his father, following his bad example, though hehad seen the bad consequences of it. David's family wascontinued as a lamp in Jerusalem, to maintain the true worshipof God there, when the light of Divine truth was extinguished inall other places. The Lord has still taken care of his cause,while those who ought to have been serviceable thereto havelived and perished in their sins. The Son of David will stillcontinue a light to his church, to establish it in truth andrighteousness to the end of time. There are two kinds offulfilling the law, one legal, the other by the gospel. Legalis, when men do all things required in the law, and that bythemselves. None ever thus fulfilled the law but Christ, andAdam before his fall. The gospel manner of fulfilling the lawis, to believe in Christ who fulfilled the law for us, and toendeavour in the whole man to obey God in all his precepts. Andthis is accepted of God, as to all those that are in Christ.Thus David and others are said to fulfil the law. 9-24 Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. That isright indeed which is so in God's eyes. Asa's times were timesof reformation. He removed that which was evil; therereformation begins, and a great deal he found to do. When Asafound idolatry in the court, he rooted it out thence.Reformation must begin at home. Asa honours and respects hismother; he loves her well, but he loves God better. Those thathave power are happy when thus they have hearts to use it well.We must not only cease to do evil, but learn to do well; notonly cast away the idols of our iniquity, but dedicate ourselvesand our all to God's honour and glory. Asa was cordially devotedto the service of God, his sins not arising from presumption.But his league with Benhadad arose from unbelief. Even truebelievers find it hard, in times of urgent danger, to trust inthe Lord with all their heart. Unbelief makes way for carnalpolicy, and thus for one sin after another. Unbelief has oftenled Christians to call in the help of the Lord's enemies intheir contests with their brethren; and some who once shonebrightly, have thus been covered with a dark cloud towards theend of their days. 25-34 During the single reign of Asa in Judah, the governmentof Israel was in six or seven different hands. Observe the ruinof the family of Jeroboam; no word of God shall fall to theground. Divine threatenings are not designed merely to terrify.Ungodly men execute the just judgments of God upon each other.But in the midst of dreadful sins and this apparent confusion,the Lord carries on his own plan: when it is fully completed,the glorious justice, wisdom, truth, and mercy thereindisplayed, shall be admired and adored through all the ages ofeternity.
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