Deposing Grandma

Unlike the lineage of kings over Israel, there are a couple of good kings who lead the kingdom of Judah.  Here is one of them.

“In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa became king of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty-one years. His grandmother’s name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom.   Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as his father David had done.  He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his fathers had made.  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.  Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the LORD all his life.”  — 1 Kings 15:9-14

Asa was not afraid to take on his own grandmother when it came to standing for what was right!  Lest we simply make a little fun of that fact, we should realize that God thought it was important enough to be mentioned in the Old Testament.


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