Today’s passage is 1 Kings 15:9-24. Let’s go!
1 Kings 15:12-14 (NIV)
12 He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his fathers had made.
13 He even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole. Asa cut the pole down and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
14 Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the LORD all his life.
On verses 9-15: These verses summarize the long 41 year reign of Asa king of Judah. What I love most about Asa is that he deliberately chose not to follow the evil practices of the generations before him. His father Abijah was an idol worshiper who did not follow the Lord. His grandmother Maacah was as well. Yet Asa did not allow his past to define his future. He did not let his ancestors’ idolatry determine his relationship with God. Rather Asa took deliberate steps to remove idolatry not just from his own life but from Judah as a whole. Verse 14 says “Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life”.