The reign of King Ahaz (2 Chr 28:1-28:4)

“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 eyes of Yahweh, as his ancestor King David had done. He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made cast images for the Baals. He made offerings in the valley of the son of Hinnom. He made his sons pass through fire, 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, on the hills, and under every green tree.”

This section is based on 2 Kings, chapter 16, almost word for word. King Ahaz, unlike his ancestors such as 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, not the kings of Judah. He was young, about 20 years old, when he began to rule. He ruled for 16 years which would put his death at age 36.

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