2 Kings 16* Ahaz, king of Judah, His wicked reign. (1-9) Ahaz takes apattern from an idol's altar. (10-16) Ahaz spoils the temple.(17-20)1-9 Few and evil were the days of Ahaz. Those whose heartscondemn them, will go any where in a day of distress, ratherthan to God. The sin was its own punishment. It is common forthose who bring themselves into straits by one sin, to try tohelp themselves out by another. 10-16 God's altar had hitherto been kept in its place, and inuse; but Ahaz put another in the room of it. The natural regardof the mind of man to some sort of religion, is not easilyextinguished; but except it be regulated by the word, and by theSpirit of God, it produces absurd superstitions, or detestableidolatries. Or, at best, it quiets the sinner's conscience withunmeaning ceremonies. Infidels have often been remarkable forbelieving ridiculous falsehoods. 17-20 Ahaz put contempt upon the sabbath, and thus opened awide inlet to all manner of sin. This he did for the king ofAssyria. When those who have had a ready passage to the house ofthe Lord, turn it another way to please their neighbours, theyare going down-hill apace to ruin.
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