2 Chronicles 28

In second Chronicles 28, Ahaz becomes king.  “He did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord”.  This was a big change from the last handful of kings who had followed God.  But Ahaz doesn’t just do a 180, he creates idols and worships Baal.  Big mistake in his judgment and actions.  “Therefore the Lord his God gave him into the hand of the king of Syria….also given into the hand of the king of Israel”.  God didn’t just give them into the hands of one enemy, but multiple, because of his disobedience as king.

The losses were staggering.  The enemy “killed 120,000 from Judah in one day, all of them men of valor, because they had forsaken the Lord….the men of Israel took captive 200,000….also took much spoil”.  The enemies of Judah destroyed their army and took their stuff, and then took the remaining people as slaves.  But God had seen and heard enough pain, so he sends Oded the prophet to warn the enemy that they had gone as far as they would be allowed.  It was time to “send back the captives” as God had taught them their lesson.

The leaders of Israel listened and “took the captives, and with the spoil they clothed all who were naked among them. They clothed them, gave them sandals, provided them with food and drink, and anointed them, and carrying all the feeble among them on donkeys”.  This is real wisdom.  Remember that they had just mopped up the battlefield in victory, capturing 200K people and all their stuff.  But as Obed warns them to let the people go, they do and bring them to their kinsfolk at Jericho”.

Judah continues to be invaded and pummeled by enemies as “the Lord humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had made Judah act sinfully and had been very unfaithful to the Lord”.  One bad leader and the kingdom is suffering significantly.  But Ahaz still doesn’t get it.  “In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the Lord…..shut up the doors of the house of the Lord….provoking to anger the Lord”.  It’s obvious Ahaz isn’t putting the dots together as he continues to bring on more and more punishment for his pathetic leadership.  God is not backing down, and the people suffer mightily because of Ahaz and his failure to walk with God.

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