God is So Merciful!
28 June 2020 PM – 2Chronicles 28 – Kings20 – Scott Childs
Introduction: God had Solomon write, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Parenting is no easy task. Good king Jotham failed at this task. The mother of his son Ahaz is not named. Perhaps she was an ungodly wife. Whatever the reason, we read in 2 Kings 16 and in 2 Chronicles 28 that when Ahaz ascended the throne at age 20, he became one of the vilest kings ever to reign in Judah. Scripture says, he did not do right in God’s sight, he walked in the ways of Israel’s kings and made images of Baal. He burned his own children as sacrifices to pagan gods. He sacrificed in high places as the heathen did. He hired heathen kings to help him in battle. He build an altar like one he saw in Assyria to replace God’s altar. He sacrificed to the gods of Damascus. (2 Chronicles 28:24) “And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem.” By his evil deeds, He provoked the LORD God of his fathers.
Studying the reign of Ahaz is depressing except for one thing. We see in it that God is So Merciful!
Transition: As I studied the life of Ahaz, I noted four acts of God’s mercy that ought to encourage our hearts in the LORD.
The first act of God’s mercy that ought to encourage us is that …
God sent Prophets to counsel Ahaz