Ahaz the King of Judah

2 Kgs 16: 1-20

This chapter starts with Ahaz son of Jotham becoming king of Judah. Like those before him, he also did not do what was pleasing in the sight of God, even making his son pass through fire like the heathens did.

We also learnt of the war between Ahaz and Pekah the king of Israel, who enlisted the help of Rezin the king of Syria. These two kings could however not overcome Ahaz, as he also formed alliance with Tiglath-pileser the king of Assyria. He gave Tiglath-pileser silver and gold from the temple and king’s house treasuries, and he in turn conquered Damascus for Ahaz, killing Rezin.

Ahaz’s idolatry was made pronounced again when he visited Tiglath-pileser in Damascus and saw an altar there. He desired the strange altar so much that he sent its design to Urijah the priest to build a similar one in Jerusalem. He gave orders to the priest that the offerings should be made on this new altar, and he even moved some of the items for the Lord’s house to be used with his new altar. Ahaz wanted to start inquiring from this altar rather from the altar of God.

God is a jealous God, and he has commanded not to have any other gods beside him. What are the things you are establishing in your life to take the place of God. The world has a lot of distractions, lures of riches and other things that might want to take God’s place, will you allow them?

Ahaz died eventually and Hezekiah his son succeeded him. However, up till now, we still read about his deeds of disobedience to God and his idolatry. What would be said of you after you have long gone? Will be be a man like David after God’s heart?

Some verses to remember

10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.

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