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October 31, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Kings 16 (ESV)

In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, Ahaz the son of Jotham, king of Judah, began to reign. Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, as his father David had done, but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. He even burned his son as an offering,according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. And he sacrificed and made offerings on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.....Continue Reading

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  1. So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son. Come up and rescue me from the hand of the king of Syria and from the hand of the king of Israel, who are attacking me.” 8Ahaz also 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 a present to the king of Assyria. 9And the king of Assyria listened to him. The king of Assyria marched up against Damascus and took it, carrying its people captive to Kir, and he killed Rezin.

    No mention of prayer to the Lord —–

  2. he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, as his father David had done, 3but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. He even burned his son as an offering, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.

  3. Ahaz is an unrighteous king of Judah sandwiched between 2 righteous kings. You do have to wonder if Jotham’s allowance of false sacrifices in the high places played a role in Ahaz not seeking God. It is also interesting for the past few righteous kings that are mentioned, the names of their mothers are also given. But here the name of Ahaz’s mother is not given. How significant the roles of both a godly father and a godly mother are to raising godly children!

    I also wonder if it is fitting to see Ahaz as a model of the reality that we will always serve one master or the other. As he is in need and threatened, who does he turn to, the king of Assyria. And he pays him dearly for his help and it is an alliance with an unrighteous nation and king. But if Ahaz was a righteous king, who would he turn to? It would be God, right? And God would protect and defeat the enemy as He promised He would and it would not cost Ahaz and it would be an alliance with a faithful and true God. See we all have needs in our lives and we will always need to rely on resources beyond our own. The question is whether those needs will drive us closer to God or closer to sin. And our lives will reflect the allegiance we forge. Just as we have learned from Paul in Romans 6. It is pretty sad that a King of Judah would get a design for an altar from the king of Assyria and let it take the place of the altar defined and designed by God. But we can’t have two masters. We will follow one or the other and our lives will reveal which kingdom we are aligned with.

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