Judah’s King Ahaz
1In the seventeenth year of Pekah son of Remaliah, # 2Ch 28:1-4 Ahaz # Is 1:1; 7:1 son of Jotham became king of Judah. 2Ahaz was 20 years old when he became king and reigned 16 years in Jerusalem. He did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord his God like his ancestor David # 1Kg 14:8 3but walked in the way of the kings of Israel. # 2Kg 17:9-10 He even made his son pass through the fire, # Either a Canaanite cult practice or child sacrifice imitating the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites. # Dt 18:10; 2Kg 21:6; 2Ch 33:6 4He sacrificed and burned incense # 1Kg 22:17 on the high places, on the hills, and under every green tree. # Dt 12:2
5Then # 2Ch 28:5-6; Is 7:1-9 Aram’s King Rezin and Israel’s King Pekah son of Remaliah came to wage war against Jerusalem. They besieged Ahaz but were not able to conquer him. # 2Kg 15:37; Is 7:1 6At that time Rezin king of Aram recovered Elath for Aram and expelled the Judahites from Elath. # 1Kg 9:26 Then the Arameans came to Elath, and they live there until today. # 2Ch 26:2
7So Ahaz sent messengers # 2Ch 28:16 to Tiglath-pileser # 2Kg 15:29; 1Ch 5:26 king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son. March up and save me from the power of the king of Aram and of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.” 8Ahaz also took the silver and gold found in the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the king’s palace and sent them to the king of Assyria as a gift. # 1Kg 15:19; 2Kg 12:17-18; 18:15 9So the king of Assyria listened to him # 2Ch 28:21 and marched up to Damascus and captured it. # Am 1:3-5 He deported its people to Kir # Is 22:6; Am 9:7 but put Rezin to death.
Ahaz’s Idolatry
10King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser # 2Kg 15:29 king of Assyria. When he saw the altar that was in Damascus, King Ahaz sent a model of the altar and complete plans for its construction to Uriah the priest. # Is 8:2 11Uriah built the altar according to all the instructions King Ahaz sent from Damascus. Therefore, by the time King Ahaz came back from Damascus, Uriah the priest had completed it. 12When the king came back from Damascus, he saw the altar. Then he approached the altar # 2Ch 26:16 and ascended it. 13He offered his burnt offering # Ex 29:40 and his grain offering, poured out his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his fellowship offerings # Lv 7:11-21 on the altar. 14He took the bronze altar # Ex 40:24 that was before the Lord in front of the temple between his altar and the Lord’s temple, and put it on the north side of his altar.
15Then King Ahaz commanded Uriah the priest, “Offer on the great altar the morning burnt offering, the evening grain offering, and the king’s burnt offering and his grain offering. Also offer the burnt offering of all the people of the land, their grain offering, and their drink offerings. Sprinkle on the altar all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of sacrifice. The bronze altar will be for me to seek guidance.” # Hb obscure 16Uriah the priest did everything King Ahaz commanded.
17Then King Ahaz cut off the frames of the water carts # Lit the stands # 1Kg 7:27-28 and removed the bronze basin from each of them. He took the reservoir # Lit sea # 1Kg 7:23-25 from the bronze oxen that were under it and put it on a stone pavement. 18To satisfy the king of Assyria, he removed from the Lord’s temple the Sabbath canopy they had built in the palace, and he closed the outer entrance for the king.
Ahaz’s Death
19The rest # 2Ch 28:26-27 of the events of Ahaz’s reign, along with his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. # 2Kg 15:36 20Ahaz rested with his fathers # Is 14:28 and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and his son Hezekiah became king in his place.