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A Son Is Given (1 of 4)
Series: The Immanuel Chronicles
OPEN: There's a story told about a man who was a very militant atheist but he sent his son to Trinity School because, despite its Christian roots, it was a great school. After a month, the boy comes home and says casually, ''By the way Dad, do you know what Trinity means? It means the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.'' The father barely controlled his rage. He seized his son by the shoulders and declared, ''Danny, I'm going to tell you something right now and I want you never to forget it. There is only one God and we don't believe in Him!''
APPLY: Now, that's the kind of attitude you'd expect from committed Atheist.But, by contrast, King Ahaz in our story today was a very religious man.He worshipped a multitude of gods... but not the God of Israel.He WAS religious.He just wasn't religious toward the God of his fathers - Jehovah.
And because Ahaz rejected the LORD... II Chronicles 28:19 tells us:
''The LORD had humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had promoted wickedness in Judah and had been most unfaithful the LORD.''
Ahaz reigned in Israel for 16 years and made every effort to destroy the religious foundations of the nation of Judah.
- He shut the gates of the temple, and melted down the Temple vessels for the gold and silver in them.
- He offered burnt incense on high places throughout Judah (which the Law explicitly condemned).
- And he set up altars on his roof so he could worship the stars, moon and sun.
II Kings 16:2-4 tells us ''... Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD his God. He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, following the detestable ways of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.''
Isaiah 8:19 even implies that Ahaz also sought to speak with the dead to find out his future. (pause) Well, now his future has come ...
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