Was Ahaz for or against worship in the Jerusalem temple? 2 Kings 16:15 and 2 Chronicles 28:24


2 Kings 16:15 King Ahaz then gave these orders to Uriah the priest: On the large new altar, offer the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering, the kings burnt offering and his grain offering, and the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their drink offering. Sprinkle on the altar all the blood of the burnt offerings and sacrifices. But I will use the bronze altar for seeking guidance.

2 Chronicles 28:24 Ahaz gathered together the furnishings from the temple of God and took them away. He shut the doors of the LORDs temple and set up altars at every street corner in Jerusalem.

Ahaz was an evil king who, unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD his God (2 Kings 16:2). He even stole from the temple of the Lord (2 Kings 16:8). Even when he did some good, he added evil to it. In 2 Kings 16:15, while he commanded the offering of sacrifices morning and evening, he also reserved the bronze altar for divination (Lev. 19:26; Deut. 18:10).

2 Chronicles identifies more of the corruptness of his reign. His apostasy is apparent as he shut up the house of the Lord completely and even set up his own centers of worship (2 Chron. 28:22-25).

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).