“Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots” came against Asa, the king of Judah, who only had 580,000 warriors. Consider the number–a thousand thousands is equal to one million chariots. Zerah was determined to overthrow Judah, but what saith Scripture?
“So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled. And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.” verses 12-13
Did God give this victory simply because Asa was a member of the Israelite church, or a descendant of Abraham? Let us look at the reasons God gave such a marvelous victory despite the odds. Another thing, most of these things were done during a time of “peace” before the conflict:
1) “Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God” (verse 2) – Did this just mean that Asa was a kind citizen of society? The very next scripture tells us what qualified the king as such: “For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves.” Asa was a reformer. Asa did not satisfy himself, saying, God will straighten out whatever needs to be straightened out, it is not my place to try to cleanse God’s church. The second part goes along with this: “And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.” There may not be visible images made of stone erected in our churches today, but there are strange gods plenty. We are told that strange doctrines are a type of idol: “The stock [idol] is a doctrine of vanities” (Jer. 10:8). We are also told that our appetites can be a strange god (Phil. 3:19). True reformers, that God will fight for, will strive against these things in the church to prepare her for Armageddon.
2) Along with cleansing Israel, Asa “said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.” Everything that could be done, was done, to keep out the enemy. Barriers need to be erected to keep unsanctified influences from leavening the churches and ourselves. This means keeping Satan out by the channels of the media, music, and so on.
3) So, when the time of conflict came, “Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude.” And because Asa previously had done what was listed above, God came through mightily.
May you conquer before the battle begins,