Monday, January 11
The longer king Ahaz is in power, the more he continues down the slippery slope moving even further away from God. As we advance into 2 Kings 16, Ahaz decides to adopt and follow after the god of the king of Assyria. So after a visit to Damascus where Ahaz sees the impressive altar used by king Tiglath-pileser, he immediately sends a model and pattern of the altar back to Judah with building instructions. What happens next is a bold and blatant rejection of God by Ahaz for all to see and follow. 2 Chronicles 28:22-23 is telling. It pretty much says it all.
“In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the LORD—this same King Ahaz. For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus that had defeated him and said, ‘Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.’ But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.”
What are some of the idols in your life? In other words, what are those things that compete with, and draw your attention away from, God? What did you learn from Ahaz about the dangers of intentionally turning away from God? Tami
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