The reign of the bad King Ahaz in Judah (736-716 BCE) (2 Kings 16:1-16:4)

“In the seventeenth year of King Pekah son of Remaliah, Ahaz son of King Jotham of Judah began to reign. King Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign. He reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. He did not do what was right in the sight of Yahweh his God, as his ancestor David had done, but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. He even made his son pass through a fire offering, according to the abominable practices of the nations whom Yahweh drove out before the people of Israel. He sacrificed and made offerings on the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.”

King Ahaz, unlike his father and grandfather and ancestor King David, was an evil king. He not only tolerated the high places of non-Yahweh worship, he went there himself and made offerings. He allowed sacrifices to be made in many places on hills and under trees. He even made a human sacrifice of his son, like the early inhabitants of Canaan had done. King Ahaz walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He was young, about 20 when he began to rule. He ruled for 16 years which would put his death at 36. However, the Bible of Jerusalem title only indicates 10 years.

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