Second Chronicles 28 Commentary
Ahaz was a very wicked man. The scripture makes a direct connection between prosperity and wickedness. Because of Ahaz’s wickedness, Judah is defeated several times.
In one day, 120,000 soldiers were killed by the sister kingdom of Israel. This would translate into roughly 120,000 widows and probably 1,000,000 fatherless children. This cannot be called a blessing. Judah’s numbers are reducing and not increasing. The curse of wickedness is always obvious.
The LORD had promised to keep Israel safe within their territory. Because of sin, Many people from Judah were exiled to Damascus.
The world cannot understand. The Holy God cannot stand sin. It is because of sin that the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, were driven out. Because Ahaz has not distinguished himself, the same fate has fallen on Judah. Throughout the scripture, we see the same pattern. The LORD moves in swiftly to punish evil. Not only has Ahaz become wicked by himself, but he has also encouraged others to become wicked.
In an attempt to correct his misfortunes, Ahaz is said to have asked for help from the king of Assyria. It never worked. Many people in need of help have gone from bad to worse as they move from point A to point B in search of help. They have looked at the people they have considered to be successful and tried to duplicate their success by following their ‘gods’. It has never worked for them.
Ahaz tried to worship the gods of Aram but it all came to nothing.
There is only one God, the LORD, God Almighty. Ahaz should have known better. He tried everything else and everyone else apart from the God of his father David. Ahaz’s ending is very sad. In just about 16 years, everything that can go wrong in the nation has gone wrong. The world today is like that. As smiles disappear from people’s faces, the saint is encouraged to bring hope to the lost. There is one option that people in trouble haven’t yet tried. The LORD Jesus is waiting for that call.
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