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Go to Bible: 2 Chronicles 28
2Ch 28:1

“Ahaz was 20 years old when he began to reign.” The reign of Ahaz is also covered in 2 Kings 16.

2Ch 28:2

“the Baals.” In different locations, the god Baal was worshiped differently and also had somewhat different characteristics. This is not unusual. Even God, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, is worshiped differently and said to have different characteristics in the different Christian denominations. For example, a Calvinist and a Freewill Baptist see God quite a bit differently. This verse shows that Ahaz worshiped Baal in his different ways of being, or according to the different ways he was worshiped in the different locations.

2Ch 28:3

“valley of the son of Hinnom.” The word “valley” in Hebrew is “ge” and the phrase “valley of the son of Hinnom” is the “ge ben Hinnom,” which was eventually referred to in Greek as “Gehenna.” The valley was considered unclean because of all the human sacrifice that had taken place there, and by the time of Christ was the garbage dump of the City of Jerusalem (see commentary on Matthew 5:22, “Gehenna”).

2Ch 28:4

“at the local shrines.” The Hebrew word “shrines” is bamot, which referred to a place that was leveled and built up and on which were placed various idols and objects of worship. Many of the towns had such shrines (see commentary on Num. 33:52).

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“City of Date Palms.” The palm trees in Israel were date palms, not coconut palms.

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“Ahaz king of Israel.” Ahaz was technically the king of “Judah,” but “Israel” is often used in 2 Chronicles for Judah. This is perhaps because of their ancient history and perhaps due to the fact that when Jeroboam became king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel after Solomon died and turned to idols, many people of Israel moved to Judah.

“he made Judah act without restraint.” The Hebrew text indicates that Ahaz acted without restraint and sinned, and caused Judah to sin, in many ways. The exact nuance of the Hebrew text is hard to capture, and the versions vary greatly. For example, translations include that Ahaz, “dealt wantonly” (ASV); “exercised no restraint” (CEB); “caused disturbances” (CJB); “threw off restraint” (CSB); “made Judah lawless” (DBY); “made Judah act sinfully” (ESV); “made Judah naked” (KJV); “let Judah go its own way” (JPS); “encouraged Judah to sin” (NET); and “promoted wickedness in Judah” (NIV).

The sins of Ahaz the king were basically forced upon the people of Judah, and that, along with the people’s seemingly natural tendency to worship physical objects such as idols, meant that sins of all kinds abounded in Judah. The people ignored the Mosaic Law and turned away from Yahweh and sinned against Him, and Yahweh could not defend them against their spiritual and physical enemies.

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“a cause of stumbling.” The idol gods of Syria were a stumbling block to Ahaz and Israel. The worship of idols always causes problems. For one thing, it gives demons access to one’s life (or kingdom) and they cause nothing but trouble.

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