2 Kings Chapter 16

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2 Kings 16

1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.

2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord his God, like David his father.

3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.

6 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day.

7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, which rise up against me.

8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

9 And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.

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.

11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.

12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.

13 And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, upon the altar.

14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.

15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

16 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded.

17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.

18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king’s entry without, turned he from the house of the Lord for the king of Assyria.

19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.

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38 thoughts on “2 Kings Chapter 16

  1. As a leader you must do what is right according to God’s word. It is easy to want to things your way, but you must remember that the decision you make will affect others as well. When we lay aside what we think should be done and do what God wants, our outcome is positive. If we as leaders will always stay focused on God’s plan, imagine the harvest God will give us from that.

  2. THE DANGERS OF FLESH RULING – A FORM OF GODLINESS

    15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.
    16 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded.
    17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.
    18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king’s entry without, turned he from the house of the Lord for the king of Assyria.
    19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

    The plummet of the Temple of the LORD is grievous to the heart.

    Ahaz desired the altar of the LORD but not the LORD of the ALTAR.

    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.
    11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.
    12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.

    This is a FORM of GODLINESS. We cannot experience the ALTAR of the LORD without the LORD of the ALTAR. Ahaz told the priest when and what to offer on the altar. Ahaz, the flesh of man was ruling the altar of the LORD. The flesh was determining the time and purpose of sacrifice and not the LORD. We fall into this temptation when we refuse or reject to sacrifice when the LORD calls for sacrifice. We also fall into this temptation when we refuse to sacrifice unto the LORD, the things he is asking for.

    When flesh rules, the things of GOD become offensive.

    The King (flesh) told the Priest (Spiritual) how to run the house of GOD.

    MSG
    16 The priest Uriah followed King Ahaz’s orders to the letter.
    17-18 Then King Ahaz proceeded to plunder The Temple furniture of all its bronze. He stripped the bronze from The Temple furnishings, even salvaged the four bronze oxen that supported the huge basin, The Sea, and set The Sea unceremoniously on the stone pavement. Finally, he removed any distinctive features from within The Temple that were offensive to the king of Assyria.

    The King ordered that anything in the Temple that was offensive to be removed from the Temple. The King stripped down church to match his lifestyle.

    What a tragic witness we see the repeating or reoccurrence of this historic spiritual failure happening now in our generation. However for the most part it has been self induced by the church.

    We need Revival NOW. JESUS turn our hearts back to you in JESUS name.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  3. 14. But the old bronze Altar that signaled the presence of God he displaced from its central place and pushed it off to the side of his new altar.

    17-18. Then King Ahaz proceeded to plunder The Temple furniture of all its bronze. He stripped the bronze from The Temple furnishings, even salvaged the four bronze oxen that supported the huge basin, The Sea, and set The Sea unceremoniously on the stone pavement. Finally, he removed any distinctive features from within The Temple that were offensive to the king of Assyria. MSG

    This is exactly what is happening today – pushing aside anything that has to do with God, along with law and patriotism, to keep from offending the very ones that hate God, our country, and any authority that stands in their way.

  4. Man’s design is never better than God’s.
    14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.

    15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

    16 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded.

  5. 2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord his God, like David his father.

    3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

  6. While reading this chapter this song came to mind, so here’s my song this morning!

    “Jesus at the center of it all, Jesus at the center of it all. From beginning to the end. It will always be, it’s always been You Jesus, Jesus… From my heart to the heavens, Jesus be the center. It’s all about You, Yes it’s all about You!”

    It so important we don’t start trying to change God to fit into our lives because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. So “changing” God as some people think they’re doing is really just pushing themselves further and further away from God.

    “Jesus be the center of my life, Jesus be the center of my life…. Nothing else matters, nothing in this world will do. Jesus You’re the center, everything revolves around You, Jesus You!”

  7. iLove to Grow in the Word

    As I read the blog today, I couldn’t but help to think this is the same direction the “relative” church is going today. Just as this wicked king removed the “sea” from the backs of the oxen, many churches remove the “Power” of baptism from the church. You see, the oxen represent strength. (Proverbs 14:4 KJV Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.) and the sea represents the cleanliness of baptism.

    We must not remove the principles that God has put into place in order to fulfill our own version of salvation.

  8. 14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.

    15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire by.

  9. I’ve notice over the last several chapters the age of the kings who reigned over Israel. God will use people of all ages if they are available. If you’re wondering why God hasn’t used you for specific things check your availability. Are you available at all times? Do you pick and choose when you want to be available for His work?

  10. Ahaz son of Jotham began to rule over Judah in the seventeenth year of King Pekah’s reign in Israel. Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had done.
    2 Kings 16:1‭-‬2 NLT

    While i was reading this. the youth group came in mind we are the Next Generation and it’s our job to leard the next generation in the righ path. We youth can’t afford to be like ahaz who didn’t do what pleasing to the Lord

  11. 17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.

    18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king’s entry without, turned he from the house of the Lord for the king of Assyria.

  12. 14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.

    In this day and time everyone seems to be pushing away God and the church, or trying to change Him to fit their lifestyle. We cannot do this and still be saved! We are not suppose to change God but He is to change us!

  13. In today’s world it seems its all about simplicity and convenience. Its amazing to me that churches build beautiful expensive buildings and use them once a week? We have seven days in the week and only one day is set aside for God and we cut that in half? I say we are way far past making the Bible fit to our liking and convenience. The word says not to change one jot or Tiddle and to follow the whole plan of salvation.

  14. 2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord his God, like David his father.
    3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

    Instead of depending on the Lord his God, Ahaz tried to please the heathen gods. He seems to be grasping at straws when he demanded a copy of another altar to be built for their sacrifices. God created a pattern, type and shadow of heaven when he gave Moses the Tabernacle plan-a way for man to successfully approach him, yet now man has created his own ‘divine’ ways, and of course, it will not work.

  15. 2 Kings 16:8,14&18 (MSG)
    8) Then Ahaz robbed the treasuries of the palace and The Temple of God of their gold and silver and sent them to the king of Assyria as a bribe.
    14) But the old bronze Altar that signaled the presence of God he displaced from its central place and pushed it off to the side of his new altar.
    18) Finally, he removed any distinctive features from within The Temple that were offensive to the king of Assyria.

    Sounds like the world in which we live today.
    Robbing God, Pushing His presence off to the side, and Removing anything of God that people find offensive.

    Help Us JESUS to stand stedfast and unmoveable in You, and Help Us JESUS to Shine Brightly for You in this world of darkness.

  16. 2 Kings 16:1 in the seventernth year of Pekah son of Remaliah Ahaz son of JoTham King of Judah began to reign. Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places on the hilltops and under every spreading tree.

  17. Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire. In this way, he followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.
    2 Kings 16:3 NLT

    This king lead and ruled as his flesh pleased and did abominable things. No accountability to God just went destroying the things from the temple to create his man made and tought off temple. Carnal leading all the way that will only lead to destruction.

  18. Clean out your house.

    And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.

  19. 14. But the old bronze Altar that signaled the presence of God he displaced from its central place and pushed it off to the side of his new altar.

    17-18. Then King Ahaz proceeded to plunder The Temple furniture of all its bronze. He stripped the bronze from The Temple furnishings, even salvaged the four bronze oxen that supported the huge basin, The Sea, and set The Sea unceremoniously on the stone pavement. Finally, he removed any distinctive features from within The Temple that were offensive to the king of Assyria. MSG
    we as the Church of the Living God should never try to remove maybe possibly offensive to people out of our church services. We must have church the way God ordained Church to me and not the way the world should be.

  20. 14 And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.
    We cannot change the God’s order. His ways are not like ours ways but we shouldnt try to change the things of him to fit our agenda. We ought to strive to be like him everyday.

    Lord make us over, Lord make us over
    Lord, make me over (oh)
    Lord, make me over (oh)
    Lord, make me over (make me over again)
    Make me over again (is there anybody in this place saying make me over again?)
    Make me over again..

  21. 2 Kings 16:14 (GNT with Deuterocanon)
    14 The bronze altar dedicated to the Lord was between the new altar and the Temple, so Ahaz moved it to the north side of his new altar.

    Moses was told to follow the instructions, the pattern given to him on the mount. This included the blueprint for the altar.

    Now years later Ahaz has seen an altar to a pagan god and wants the supposed benefits that come as a result of having that new altar.

    There is no substitution for the altar that God gives us. No accepting the Lord as your personal savior, no once saved always saved, and no believing in your heart will work.

    Only genuine repentance and humility is acceptable to God. We mustn’t ever change the altar because it’s more convenient. God won’t allow compromise and he doesn’t share.

    He wrote the rules. He expects us to follow them and not look for loop holes.

  22. 2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord his God, like David his father.

    It’s important to guide the younger to the correct path.

  23. vs-7
    It was the right request but the address was wrong. Judahs king should have depended on Godnot on assyria . but how could he since he had so terribly violated Gods law. Lets rely on God who has our interests at heart. And live and always call on God for every thing in our lives.
    We can be calm in the midst of troubles if our hope is fixed in God rather than in modern Assyias.
    Lets not forget to tell Pastor and sister Watts how proud we as a body are of the for all they have acomplist we our so bleesed to have the leader ship we have.

  24. The king cannot rule the Kingdom.

    The Kingdom has to be ruled by the King. When the world starts telling the church what to do we have problems. Our country was founded on principles of the bible. Now the government says we can’t have the bible in school. Pastor is right. If anyone is going to make this country great again they will get prayer back in schools. The Kingdome has to be ruled by the real King.

    Olivia said that the dumb king shouldn’t throw the babies in the fire!

  25. 3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

    When the LORD begins to test you its a good thing not a bad thing! Hes testing you ability to handle the next task at hand he has for you! So endure the race and remember sacrifice for the kingdom of God!

  26. “Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the LORD his God, as his ancestor David had done. Instead, he followed the example of the kings of Israel, even sacrificing his own son in the fire. In this way, he followed the detestable practices of the pagan nations the LORD had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭16:2-3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    In the choices we make does not just effect us, but as well as others too. With things we do can lead a person away or to God, or even to their death just like Ahaz’s son. We all need to think before we do and when the thought even comes into our minds we should pray. As well as talking to that one person you allow to be blunt with you…your friend who helps you spiritually. We all need someone, we all need friends.

  27. “Ahaz was 20 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 16 years. Ahaz didn’t do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God. He didn’t do what King David had done. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel. He even sacrificed his son in the fire to another god. He followed the practices of the nations. The Lord hated those practices. He had driven out those nations to make room for the people of Israel.”
    ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭16:2-3‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

    Lord lead me in your ways.

  28. “And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the Lord, from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of the altar.” The word of God (Jesus) illustrates putting aside and replacing. Salvation was purchased with the blood of Jesus, which the Constitution and the National Anthem were purchased with the blood of God fearing men and women. One that disrespects or disregards either, is unworthy of all that their blood purchased. One should truly consider the actions of those that would put aside or replace for a new, as such actions may have devastating consequences. Dear God, awaken all to those that want no part of you and simply want a replacement. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  29. “But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.” Sin will destroy and cause things too be done that would never had been done otherwise; whereas the opposite is also true. The Lord is about love and peace; whereas anything other as we sadly read is anything but. God remove the scales from eyes and unstop ears that you may be clearly heard, in Jesus name

  30. Ahaz sold out to paganism and stripped the temple of its resources and God. He even had an altar made. By doing so, he essentially decided he would approach God, or whoever he sacrificed to, that he would approach them on his own terms.

  31. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you need to be careful who and what you’re worshipping. Ahaz abused what little relationship he had with God throughout his lifetime by doing what he wanted. This caused God to be angry.

  32. The LORD is perfect. You cannot do things your own way and expect to grow closer to God. It’s not possible. You will fall and anyone following you will fall.

  33. In verses 1-4 MSG we read how Ahaz son of Jotham became king of Judah and how he didn’t behave in the eyes of his God, he indulged in the truly abominable acts he picked up from the pagans God had earlier thrown out of the country. One must be careful who he/she surrounds themselves with because we too can pick up bad things and/or habits.

  34. Gods people have long demonstrated their willingness to participate in the pagan practices of their neighbors. Human sacrifice was one of the many. At the time of Ahaz’s rule the pagans beloved that the sacrifice of ones firstborn son would buy the favor of the gods. Ahaz’s desire for success, particularly during the time of political turmoil, is greater than any love he may have had toward his own child. While we may not go as far as sacrifice our own flesh and blood physically but we can be guilty of putting personal desires and goals above the well being of others. The mercy and grace of Jesus and leading of the Spirit can guide us and reveal any wrong priorities that may be distracting us. If these are present we can repent and trust God for his guidance in restoring things even like Ahaz’s situation to their proper order. We just have to follow him and leave behind the things of this world.

  35. cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it upon the pavement of stones.
    18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the house, and the king’s entry without, turned he from the house of the Lord for the king of Assyria.

  36. 1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.

    2 Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord his God, like David his father.

    3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.

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