The thing that strikes me about this verse is the phrase "new altar." So much time is spent in the book of Exodus describing the details of the different pieces of furniture for the temple. So much detail, that when you read it, it seems tedious.
And what comes in the following verses, is not only that Ahaz constructs a new altar, ignoring the original instruction of the Lord, but he also tampers with the existing altar.
It's not only this altar in this passage. All through out 1 & 2 Kings there is the repeated comment that "the high places were not removed an the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there." So not only is it happening with the king, it's happening with the entire nation. Everyone is offering sacrifices to God in a way that he has not instructed.
But the thing that struck me while reading was that I am constructing new altars in my life all the time. Different areas of myself becomes places where I make self guided sacrifices to get what I want and what I think I need.
My prayer as I read is that God would break down those altars or give me the courage to break down those altars.
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