Verses 1-4 – By the time Ahaz took over the throne, the people of Judah and their king had become confirmed idol worshipers. Ahaz took the worship of the Baals to the point of burning his own children as an offering to Baal. Sound familiar? Today, abortions are given for a matter of convenience.
Verses 5-8 – Pekah, next to last king of Israel, scored a major victory over Judah, but released all of his prisoners in response to God’s command. Ahaz of Judah, had forsaken the Lord so he was defeated by the king of Damascus, who carried away a number of hostages. Pekah’s army also took a huge number of the people hostage and transported them to the capital city of Samaria in Israel.
Verses 9-11 – Once again God’s prophet shows up in the midst of conflict. Obed, who lived in Samaria, confronted the returning army, who thought they had won a great victory. However, Obed informed them that God was not pleased with the slaughter of their Hebrew brothers. Obed also reminded Pekah, the king of Israel, that he too was guilty and could face similar punishment.
Verses 12-15 – Some leaders of the northern kingdom realized how serious this situation was and took the captives and clothed them; fed them; and set some that were injured on donkeys. They were released to go back to Jericho, the City of Palms.
Verses 16-21 – The nation of Judah had already been defeated by Aram and the northern kingdom; now the Edomites and the Philistines returned to do more damage. But rather than turning to the Lord for help, he asked Tiglah-pileser King of Assyria, to protect him. He gave this Assyrian king all his possessions and everything that belonged to the temple. Tiglah-pileser did defeat Damascus, which he was planing to do anyway, then marched into Jerusalem and helped himself to anything he wanted.
Verse 22 – When tragedies strike, some run to God, some away. Ahaz’s troubles led to a spiritual collapse. He just kept digging a deeper crater between himself and God. The rough times in life will give us the opportunity to grow closer to God. James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, (3) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (4) But let patience have its perfect work that you may be made perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” From the looks of how Ahaz’s life ended, he failed that test.