A chapter devoted to the worst king of Judah so far. Unlike all of Israel’s Kings. Judah’s Kings have stuck to the true God in the main,
Ahaz gives his son to molech, the God requiring child sacrifice. He becomes a pathetic puppet government of Assyria to use the alliance to defend against and attack Israel.
He matches all the temple worship to the Assyrian religion and plunders all its treasure (again… Is there any left?) to give to his new, much stronger and untrustworthy ally.
It’s a bit of a low point in the national identity, shall we say. The people of God split in two, betraying each other and preferring alliances with enemies, both leaders rejecting God.
It’s where we go. In small ways and large we all reject God and betray each other, the antithesis of the two great commandments. We do it individually and as nations.
The Israelites knew far less of God than we do. We have the Messiah, the Bible, the holy spirit, we are all living temples.
And here we stand on the brink of a nuclear apocalypse, discussing the latest mass shooting while people starve because of needless inequality.
And still God puts rainbows in the sky promising not to drown us all.