A Great Multitude of Them Captives

2 Chronicles 28:1-2,5, “[1] Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord, like David his father: [2] For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim. [5] Wherefore the Lord his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.”

The chapter talks about King Ahaz. Ahaz did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord. The Bible says that he made images for Baalim, a false God. Because of this, the Bible says that the King of Syria overtook him and he was in captivity.

I believe that if Ahaz would have done right and would have tried to obey the Lord that he would not have been overthrown by Syria. He would have never been captive. He didn’t think he needed God’s help until it was too late.

This is like many Christians today. They mess around with what they know is not right. They toy around with sin and think they are in control. However, it isn’t until it is too late that they realize they are in captivity. If only King Ahaz would have realized earlier that he was in the wrong. He could have avoided captivity. If people today do now acknowledge the error of their ways, it is only a matter of time until sin takes them captive.

How are you doing in the area of sin? Are you right in this area or are you messing around? Friend, it is only a matter of time until sin takes you captive. Ask the Lord to help you get rid of it today before it is too late. Do not wait until captivity comes to get right. Get right today, and if you are right, stay right!

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