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Asa

ASA (ā’sa, Heb. ’āsā’, healer). 1. Third king of Judah, reigning from 911/10-870/69 b.c. (1Kgs.15.9-1Kgs.15.24; 2Chr.14.1-2Chr.14.15-2Chr.16.1-2Chr.16.14). He was the first of the five kings of Judah (Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah, Josiah) who were outstanding for godliness, and he deserves special credit considering his idolatrous ancestors. He was the son of Abijah and grandson of Rehoboam. Asa’s grandmother was Maacah, a daughter of Absalom and a confirmed idolatress who greatly influenced Judah toward idolatry. She is spoken of as “mother” of both her son (1Kgs.15.2) and her grandson (1Kgs.15.10) in KJV, RSV. Asa began his reign by deposing his wicked and powerful grandmother and by destroying a fearful, impure image that she had set up. He then drove out the male shrine prostitutes and destroyed idols that his fathers had worshiped (1Kgs.15.12), commanding Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers (2Chr.14.4).