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. 1 Kings 15:9-13
I have always like reading about King Asa. I’m not sure exactly what I liked about him except that he was considered a good king. He was King of Judah for 41 years. He enjoyed a long life as King. In his lineage, Maacah is mentioned. That’s his grandmother. So far, so good. I was almost ready to extol the virtues of the Book of Kings writer for honoring grandmothers in such a way until I read further. You see, Asa deposed his grandmother as the queen mother because she was continuing to sin by making an Asherah pole (a cult that worshiped the goddess Asherah, and quite possibly involved prostitution). In short, he booted her off the throne.
It’s merely a reminder that we all sin. Grandmothers, grandfathers, sons, daughters, children, parents, in-laws, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, neighbors. We all sin. I’m not introducing anything new but it certainly doesn’t hurt for us to acknowledge that fact. We read the story above and think that Asa removing his grandmother from a place of honor must have hurt him. But truth be told, sin destroys. Sin by anyone at any time hurts destroys.
But fortunately, we have a Savior. We may not know how fortunate we really are.