2 Chronicles Chapter 28

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2 Chronicles 28

1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord, like David his father:

For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.

Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel.

He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

Wherefore the Lord his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.

For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers.

And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king’s son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king.

And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.

But a prophet of the Lord was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the Lord God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.

10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the Lordyour God?

11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again, which ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of the Lord is upon you.

12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from the war,

13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the Lordalready, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.

14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation.

15 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.

16 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.

17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives.

18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there.

19 For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord.

20 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not.

21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of theLord, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord: this is that king Ahaz.

23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.

24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.

25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger theLord God of his fathers.

26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

38 thoughts on “2 Chronicles Chapter 28

  1. 19 For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord.

    Sin brings down praise and without praise there is no defense against the enemy. “For he made Judah naked”… or uncovered. Disobedience uncovers us and leaves us naked for the enemy to slaughter. What army goes to battle uncovered? None! I want to put on the whole armor of God to do battle with the enemy. Cover me, Jesus!

  2. vs 24 Ahaz had allowed his sin to get so bad that everywhere one looked you could see it. We should not fool ourselves into thinking that one little sin will not harm us. It will only become a cancer to our soul that will grow and cause us to turn against God.

  3. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    PUT SOME CLOTHES ON

    For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord. (2 Chronicles 28:19 KJV)

  4. 19For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord.

    Again we see how one mans influence effects a multitude. Be careful who u allow to lead in your life, their choices will effect you. Sometimes we may feel as leaders that our decisions in life are small and rather insignificant and have little to effect on others but here we see that God brought down Judah because of the kings choices. Pray for the leaders in your life: pastor, minister, director, boss, president, governor, parent,etc. Pray that their hearts be toward the Lord and that they make decisions pleasing to Him. We are all affected by them.

  5. It’s Never Too Late

    12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from the war,

    13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the Lordalready, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.

    14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation.

    15 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.

    It is never too late to repent… 2 Cor 6:2 NLT For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

    For it is NOW at this precise moment, choose but choose wisely. There will always be someone willing to stand up for JUSTICE.

  6. The authority of Elders

    God uses Israel to punish Judah for their wickedness. Yet, Israel has sinned against the Lord as well.

    The prophet Oded speaks and issues forth a warning to repent, and turn back from decision to force their brothers into slavery.

    Suddenly, men of high standing, wisdom, and respect: chiefs of the people stood up and said

    12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from the war,

    13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the Lordalready, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.

    I am thankful for the voice of the man of God in our lives. God gives Pastor words to tell his people.

    The witness of our Elders strengthens that word, and makes a resounding amen! God has placed Elders in our church and given them insight, understanding, and wisdom.

    I am thankful for our Elders who pray for Pastor, watch out for the enemy, and stand up and declare the word of Lord!

  7. 12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from the war,

    15 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.

    So few men were name but they did such a great thing. Where ate these men in PoFW? How many of our men will stand with God to clothe the necked? How many will stand to carry the weary away to the place of plenty? If mOre men are going to rise to the occasion don’t you think that God can do greater things in ft worth? We will take our city!

  8. Vs 22/ And in the time of distress did he tresspass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.
    25/ And in several city of Judah he made high places to burn inscence unto othet gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of hid fathers.
    I pray everyday that I dont keep God mad He’s been so good to me that I would never want to provoke Him to anger. He doesn’t do that to me so I dont do it to Him.

  9. This chapter illustrates delusion. Ahaz did wrong before the Lord, he worshiped false gods and led the people away from God, and as such he lost greatly. One would be wise too never take their eyes off of Jesus and his Word, for the day one does, one will surely go the wrong way. The deceiver just as in the days of Ahaz is attempting to lure people away from Jesus, which is all the more reason to get upon ones knees and seek his (Jesus) face. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  10. 19 For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord.

    22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord: this is that king Ahaz.

    23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.

    What an IDIOT!!!
    All it took was for a man to sin against the Lord! Ahaz was a man that was foolish in all of his doings. He was full of rebellion, pride, selfishness,…..etc! His actions paid a big price!! To lose your people, your city, and your kingdom. The wages of sin is death. How can you so easily lose sight of the One and Only True God, So blinded by the sins you have embraced. You have become so cruel and cold. That the Lord has allowed you to go this far. There is an end to all things!

  11. v16 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him.

    Great pain often drives us to the LORD.
    Crisis causes some people to seek the LORD;
    but not Ahaz he driftied futher away from the LORD. He would not repent of his evil ways.
    It is the LORDS desire that one returns . In HIS GREAT MERCY HE seeks after us ever so gentle and desires that one might repent and turn from his evil ways rather than forsaking them.

    According to scripture those who fail to bow down NOW in repentance and worship, will someday bow in HIS PRESENCE. Phil. 2:10
    We have the choice to repent and worship GOD.

    Our Great GOD will not tolerate idolatry . HE desires our affection, worship, and faithfulness.
    We must be true to Him in our worship.
    As we grow spiritually in grace it will attach others to the LORD.
    GOD IS a jealous GOD and HE will not share HIS Glory.
    Our true worship will change us and others.
    HE IS AN AWESOME GOD AND WORTHY OF
    OUR WORSHIP!

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  12. Even during this time of trouble, King Ahaz continued to reject the LORD. He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus who had defeated him, for he said, “Since these gods helped the kings of Aram, they will help me, too, if I sacrifice to them.” But instead, they led to his ruin and the ruin of all Judah.
    The king took the various articles from the Temple of God and broke them into pieces. He shut the doors of the LORD’s Temple so that no one could worship there, and he set up altars to pagan gods in every corner of Jerusalem. He made pagan shrines in all the towns of Judah for offering sacrifices to other gods. In this way, he aroused the anger of the LORD, the God of his ancestors. (2 Chronicles 28:22-25 NLT)

    King Ahaz was foolish. All he had to do is humble himself and run to God.

    The name of the LORD is a strong fortress;
    the godly run to him and are safe. The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense;
    they imagine it to be a high wall of safety. Haughtiness goes before destruction;
    humility precedes honor. (Proverbs 18:10-12 NLT)

  13. 9 But a prophet of the Lord was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the Lord God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.

    But a prophet of the Lord was there…
    Thank God for a prophet! No matter where the children of Isreal found themselves in captivity there was always a prophet available for the people of God. He plead there cause and were delivered. “When it looked like nobody could, somebody did and somebody always will”!!!

  14. 19 For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord.

    Under the direction of the Ahaz, he lead the people out from under their “covering” of submission to the Lord, so they were naked before the Lord, without a spiritual head. He lead them to total destruction.

    Word to the wise today, when we get out from under our covering of submission all destruction can and will break loose in our lives. The protection of a hedge built about us, comes through being submitted to God, and the leader God has placed in our lives.

    We cannot do what is right in our own sight, we must see what is right in God’s sight, and sometimes that means humbling our self and following.

  15. DECISIONS IN DISTRESS

    22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord: this is that king Ahaz.

    Along with the wickedness of any society, comes trouble, pain and sorrow. The bible declares in Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. Hard times are associated with rejecting, dishonoring or disobeying the Word of GOD. It is in our power to choose our path by our decisions. We will be wise to consider the dilemma and decisions of Ahaz.

    In the time of distress:

    DISTRESS – (a) : pain or suffering affecting the body, a bodily part, or the mind : trouble
    (b) : a painful situation : misfortune
    (c) : a state of danger or desperate need

    Every life will eventually cross paths with distress, some sooner that later, some more frequent than not, and some more intense than others. Distress is painful and will cause us to “cry” out to GOD or “run” out on GOD.

    Humility will “cry” out to GOD
    Pride will “run” out on GOD

    Ahaz means seized or in the grasp. GOD had his hand on Ahaz, however Ahaz resisted, rebelled and revolted. Have you ever wondered why people that have been blessed with incredible potential do some of the most horrific acts of wickedness? Ahaz brings revelation to this question.

    Ahaz stripped “praise”, he humiliated and embarrassed Judah.

    19 For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord.

    GOD takes offense when people criticize, humiliate or embarrass praise. Consider Saul’s daughter, David’s wife, “Michal” who criticized David for his demonstrative dance before the LORD.

    Instead of humbly repenting Ahaz chose to pridefully become destructive to the house of GOD.

    MSG
    22-25 But King Ahaz didn’t learn his lesson—at the very time that everyone was turning against him, he continued to be against God! He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus. He had just been defeated by Damascus; he thought, “If I worship the gods who helped Damascus, those gods just might help me, too.” But things only went from bad to worse: first Ahaz in ruins and then the country. He cleaned out The Temple of God of everything useful and valuable, boarded up the doors of The Temple, and then went out and set up pagan shrines for his own use all over Jerusalem. And not only in Jerusalem, but all over Judah—neighborhood shrines for worshiping any and every god on sale. And was God ever angry!

    In an attempt to be like the world Ahaz lost everything! We MUST hold fast to sound doctrine, disciplines and demonstrations of the WORD of GOD.

    We do not need to seek to be like the “other” churches, or the world, neither will come to your rescue. GOD alone will rescue a person, soul or church in DISTRESS. We need to seek the LORD and to be like the FIRST church, birthed in the book of Acts.

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  16. Difficulties and struggles can devastate people, or they can stimulate growth and maturity. For Ahaz, deep troubles led to spiritual collapse. We do not need to respond like Ahaz. When facing problems or tragedy, we must remember that rough times give us a chance to grow. When we are facing trials, don’t turn away from God; turn to him. See these times as an opportunity for us to claim God’s help.

  17. ILove to eat lunch with Jesus

    Put on Some Clothes

    Whether a person walks around physically uncovered or Spiritually uncovered (or both), there is a root that is the cause… What is that root???

    PRIDE

    Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5 KJV)

    We are to be clothed with humility… Anything less is PRIDE.

    Put on some clothes people.

  18. Whom do you server?

    Vs. 23 – “…because the gods of the king of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them…” There is logic here. However, Ahaz has blinders on which prevent him from seeing the truth. While it was obvious his kingdom was under attack and being destroyed, Ahaz did not realize the root cause. For whatever reason he burned incense, his children, sacrifices, etc… These acts broke the covenant between God and Judah. So, without the covenant/covering Judah was ravaged.

    He attempted to determine why and his blind logic pointed out “they are blessed, let’s do what they do”. He failed to see where the protection of Judah was lost. Let’s examine ourselves. Are we comparing hardships or trails in our lives to other around us? The Clampers have it easy yet they do participate in outreach, the blog or any other ministry. They only come to Sunday morning service and look at the new car they are driving. Why is that I come to every service I am able and participate in every ministry I am able and still cannot keep my car/kids/family/household/finances in check?

    Let’s check to ensure we do not have blinders on.

  19. In this scripture, you can see the demise of a king, and the wrath of God. God is a Jealous God, and he will not be mocked, nor will he put up with Idolatry. Your not to have any other Gods before him. When the king decided to tear up Daddy’s House, and close the doors. He lost everything, and God took away family, friends, titles, riches, and freedom. In actuality the kings actions took those things away not God, but he is a God of justice. Wow, with all this failure and humilization, in this state of destruction. The king in completion of all this has his ways written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. “I don’t know about you, but for me and my house will serve the Lord”, and that’s what I want written in his “Lamb’s Holy Book of Life.”

    24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.

    25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger theLord God of his fathers.

    26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

    “Stay On Board”…….iwork…igive…ipray….ireap………

  20. There were so many people fighting each other that My head was spiinning by the time I read the chapter. One thing that stood out was verse 3.He sacrificed his children to Molech with fire! This verse brought tears to my eyes. The churches today spend so much time bickering within the church and trying to out do other churches with there own revelations of the truth they have forgotten how may millions of babies have been sacrrificed to Molech through abortion. Just what is the church standing up for now. We hear it in the church but like Pastor Foster said we need to take it to the streets. Back in the 70’s we would set up street meetings with music ,preaching and a band. We didn’t need to rent a gym we just found an empty lot somewhere.Every Saturday we would get a group of singers and a couple guitars and sing songs about the blood of Jesus! If we got kicked of the corner we would set up on another corner! Remember the apostles went to jail for Jesus,What makes us so special? Give me a few daring singers with a testimony and I am gone!!

  21. Proverbs 3:5 instructs us to trust in the Lord and lean not unto our own understanding. I like the way the message BIble breaks it down Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
    Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
    Don’t assume that you know it all.
    Run to God! Run from evil!
    Your body will glow with health,
    your very bones will vibrate with life!
    Honor God with everything you own;
    give him the first and the best.
    Your barns will burst,
    your wine vats will brim over.
    But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
    don’t sulk under his loving correction.
    It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
    a father’s delight is behind all this.
    We must be careful who and what we are depending on all of our trust and allegiance must be in the Lord! If heaven is to be our reward trust in the Lord for everything and we will always prevent the ruin that could come to our life!
    Sis. Ward

  22. 9 But a prophet of the Lord was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the Lord God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven.

    Israel must have had pride in what they had been able to do to Judah but the man of God stood before them and told them this was from God; God was angry at Judah and had allowed this destruction to happen. Then Obed openly spoke of their plans to keep their brethren as slaves which seemed to get the elders thinking…if God brought ruin on Judah…what will he do to us if we add this sin to all the others we’re guilty of? Bottom line-his words prompted those men to obey what they knew was right, and they showed kindness to Judah. Every king needs great men around him to keep watch for him and the kingdom- rhere is safety in a multitude of counselors. The church has this safety net as well. Pastor has established a prophet, evangelist, apostle, elders along with a team of ministers and directors to help oversee the growth and development of the church. When we each do our part it all works together for good. Now let’s hold up our Pastor’s arms as he calls on God for divine direction and especially join with him in fasting th is week.

  23. Ahaz did not do what thus said the Lord. Being in a high position does not mean you can di what you want. To whom much is given, much is required.

  24. The Sacrifice of Praise

    22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord: this is that king Ahaz.
    23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
    24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
    25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger theLord God of his fathers.

    Sometime God will allow us to go through things to see what our response will be. As here we see that the king went out to left field and didn’t come back. He fell away from God and in its stead put out false gods. He even cut up what was the Lords and closed the doors of the house of God. Then if that wasn’t enough he put incense around the city.

    Now, we know that praise is a type of incense to God. The type of incense that the king was putting out was of the enemy ,the world, and therefore it was not pleaseing to God. God loves a sweet incense,Praise, to Him and Him alone!

  25. 13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the Lordalready, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.

    This is how you find out who your friends really are. Someone that is tring to bring a bunch of junk in your house is not your freind. There are lots of people that want to be your freind just to seek refuge in your blessing. When you find out that they are just usung you it is too late. Their tresspasses have already effected your family. Real freinds wont dump a bunch of junk on you. It is tough sometimes to recognise if you are truly helping someone or if they are using you. One of the best ways to sort it all out is to check ow much positive impact your having on one another. If the ipact is not possitive then you can beleive that you are being used. your “:freinds” junk can get you in a mess. Be wise

  26. 24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.

    Guard your vessels, close not your heart to the word of God and approach only the altar of God.

    But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. -2 Corinthians 4:7

    In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. -Ephesians 2:22

    Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. -Psalms 43:4

  27. V’s 1-4
    To get the full story of Ahaz, one should read 2 Kings 16 and Isaiah 7. He was the most wicked King that Judah had yet hnown, reigning sixteen years in Jerusalem . After Ahaz became king, hewasted no time plunging into idolatry. He chose the evil king of Isral as his pattern instead of David. Ahaz revived the abominable ritual of child sacrifice in the valley of the son of hinnom, outside Jerusalem. The worship of Molech, of which this was a part, had not been practiced since the days of Solomon ( 1Kgs. 11:7), but now all forms of idolatry and abominations were widely practiced and encouraged.

  28. Who’s Your Daddy?

    22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord: this is that king Ahaz.

    I can imagine a tone here: this is *that* king Ahaz…

    27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

    And yet here comes Hezekiah…

    Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:5 KJV)

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4:4-7 KJV)

    Through God, we can be more than what we were born into. Ahaz was wicked, yet Hezekiah would be known for good. No matter what our earthly lineage says, when we are born again, we step into a spotless heavenly lineage as sons of the King of kings. The choice is up to us, will we choose a lineage of man or the lineage of God?

    Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:5, 6 KJV)

    We must be born again, and follow with daily renewing.

    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:1, 2 KJV)

    Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:12-17 KJV)

  29. Ahaz in his evil reign, countered the righteous reign of his father Jotham and forsook the Lord, abandoned the temple (vs4& 22-25), worshiped idols (vs 2), and practiced human sacrifce (vs 3). Human sacrifice is also mentioned in Deut 18:9-14 when God calls his people to live a holy lifestyle: 9“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there. 10For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering.a And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, 11or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. 12Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you. 13But you must be blameless before the Lord your God. 14The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the Lord your God forbids you to do such things.”

    The “Valley of the Son of Hinnon” was a place of idolatry located to the east below the southern edge of Jerusalem mentioned in vs3 and Jer 7:28-31. Is associated with Judah’s most distingushed pagan practices (2 Chr 33:6), the valley later became a place of refuse, and as such its perpetual fires were used to describe the place of eternal punishment in the NT (Mark 9:43). God did not intend for Israel to be in the valley, God intended his children to be on his Holy Mountain in Jerusalem praising Him in His temple. God intended for hell to be a place of punishment for Satan and all his fallen legion of angels. Not a place for us. Get out of the valley.

  30. Israel is the combination of two hebrew words Isra-prevailed though el-God (struggles with or wrestles with God)
    Judah-means Praise
    TIme after time Judah messes up and God punishes them and Isreal seems to get the upper hand. This is because since the beginning of the name, Isreal was one who contended, wrestles with God and Judah was supposed to Praise. We have been called to praise not contend with or fight with God and when we deviate from praise, God will remind us of what we are called to do.

  31. 19 For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord.

    When we sin against God, we uncover ourselves and leave ourselves naked and exposed…

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