Powered by 4 - January 8, 2016

Critical Choices

Today's reading: 2 Kings 16:1-9; 2 Chronicles 28:1-4, 16-21

Ahaz was one of the worst and most sinful kings of Judah, and the details we're given about his reign are absolutely heartbreaking. Despite the godly examples of his father and grandfather, Ahaz, very intentionally and blatantly, chose to reject God. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel (2 Kings 16:3), and took serving other gods to another level when he sacrificed some of his own sons as a burnt offering in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom (2 Chronicles 28:3). There’s no doubt about it, Ahaz's decision to abandon God was disastrous for Judah. "For 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" (2 Chronicles 28:19).

What does Ahaz's life account reveal about the significance of the spiritual choices we make? What impact do our sinful choices and actions have on those around us? Tami

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