In order to understand the Bible, it helps to understand what sort of writing you are reading. The O.T. has many straight forward stories. Sometimes there is commentary to make the lessons obvious, but often it is left up to us determine how to apply it…Today, as we continue character studies from genealogy of Jesus in Matt. 1, we come to King Asa. Last week I handed out list of Kings of Judah and Israel… if you don’t have one….
As I read through the story of Asa, his story is one of Trusting God. Prov. 3:5-6 makes a wonderful caption. His kingship is a living example of great trust, but towards the end of his life, he abandons his faith and “leans on his own understanding.” Many of Jesus’ family/ancestors are people of faith who trust the Lord, but often those same people show an imperfect faith and drift away from God. Sounds like us.