Jotham was a steadfast believer. 2 Chronicles 27:6. His son Ahaz, however, was a cat of a different stripe. Ahaz was one of those who stood in Solomon’s sin and sacrificed their sons in the fire to Molech (the King of Heaven) or Baal (the Lord). We need to be discerning with “Christians” who would have us worship the “Lord” in a way contrary to Scripture. What “Lord” is he?
“And King Ahaz sent to Uriah the priest a model of the altar, and its pattern, exact in all its details.”
Turning to false gods lead to false practice and creating broken copies of the heavenly things.
In a mockery of the planning and setup of the tabernacle with Moses and the temple with David and Solomon, here we have a king giving plans for a false altar.
Ahaz did a lot of harm, he went ripping and tearing into the church, the actual temple, and instituted practices like had been done in Israel with Jeroboam and onwards, taking the good worship of the true God and twisting it into falseness and darkness.
But was God lessened in this? Absolutely not!
It’s true of today too. We see God’s beautiful church, His people, rent by schisms, by heresies torn asunder – And yet we hold to Jesus, that He will keep building His church!
God kept a remnant of the faithful of His people, through all these kings, ups and downs, through exile and sprinkling into many and varied nations, and then through the return and all the trouble that happened there.
And God keeps us safe and secure today! Through _His_ steadfast love and faithfulness. What a wonderful God we have! What a Father in heaven!
He is not lessened by other religions rising and falling, by political movements and social agendas.
This is our God. Creator. Sustainer. Life-giver!