2 Chronicles 16
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.||
(16:1) "In the six and thirtieth year of the reign
of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah."|
According to this verse, Baasha fought with Judah
in the 36th year of Asa's reign, yet 1 Kings 16:6-8 says
that Baasha died in the 26th year of Asa's reign. So if both stories are true, Baasha was still fighting 10 years
after his death!
When did Baasha die?
Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of
the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that
dwelt at Damascus, saying,
There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and
thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league
with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.||
And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies
against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim,
and all the store cities of Naphtali.||
And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of
Ramah, and let his work cease.||
Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of
Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built
therewith Geba and Mizpah.||
And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto
him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the
LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of
(16:7) "Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the
king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand."|
Was Asa perfect?
Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many
chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he
delivered them into thine hand.
For the eyes of the
LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong
in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast
done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.||
(16:9) "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro."
Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he
was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the
people the same time.||
(16.10) "Asa oppressed some of the people the same time."
And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the
book of the kings of Judah and Israel.||
(16:12) "Asa ... was
diseased in his feet ... yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians."|
Asa, when he had a foot disease, went to
physicians instead of seeking the Lord. (God disapproves of those who
seek medical help rather than "seeking the Lord.")
What the Bible says about medical science
And Asa in the
thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great:
yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.
And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself
in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet
odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and
they made a very great burning for him.