2 Chronicles 28:9-27
‘Imagine the monstrous evil of a religion that offers young children as sacrifices. God allowed the nation to be conquered in response to Ahaz’s evil practices. Even today the practice hasn’t abated. The sacrifice of children to the harsh gods of convenience, economy, and whim continues in sterile medical institutions in numbers that would astound the wicked Ahaz. If we are to allow children to come to Christ (Matthew 19:14), we must first allow them to come into the world.’ Life Application Study Bible.
Well that relates to yesterday’s passage, but I thought it was a highly pertinent comment.
Moving on in the story, we see how a prophet named Oded saved the day (9-15): The Israelites were used by God to execute punishment on the people of Judah. But they over-stepped the mark. They went above and beyond the call of duty, you might say: Stop right where you are and listen! GOD, the God of your ancestors, was angry with Judah and used you to punish them; but you took things into your own hands and used your anger, uncalled for and irrational, to turn your brothers and sisters from Judah and Jerusalem into slaves. Don’t you see that this is a terrible sin against your GOD? The Message. In wrath, God remembers mercy.
Thankfully, there were leaders present who humbled themselves under God’s Word and responded appropriately to it (12, 13). This is something we must always do if we are to prosper and flourish in life in the truest sense. Whatever Jesus says to you do it. Respond quickly once you are certain you are hearing His voice, and He will be with you in the doing. He will call you out of your ‘boat’ to walk on water. You cannot do that, but fixing your eyes on Christ you will.
This is, generally speaking, an ugly chapter and it doesn’t have a pretty ending (16-25). ‘Instead of repenting and turning to the God of his father and grandfather, Ahaz adopted the gods of the victorious enemy. It seemed logical to him because the enemy was winning! Instead of going by the Word of God, he took the pragmatic approach (Prov.3:5-6). Have you ever done that? It is dangerous! Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘With the Word’, p.248. Whenever we turn to other ‘gods’, whatever shape or form they may come in; when we trust in people and things other than the Lord, we get trouble instead of help (20). May we learn this lesson well so that we will not have to suffer as Ahaz and Judah did.
Simple trust in God will get you through. It is foolish and futile to look elsewhere. Broken cisterns always fail.
Prayer: Lord I want to be someone who trembles at your Word and responds swiftly when you speak. I desire a heart that is soft and sensitive towards you.