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In these passages is the account of the further progression of kings in both Judah and Israel. Again, all Israel kings were bad, leading the people to worship false gods. Some of Judah’s kings were good, but not perfect.

It is apparent that the good kings of Judah tended to rule longer than the bad kings of Israel. This indicates to me that God tends to allow the righteous to live longer than the wicked, but not in all cases. However, all serve God’s purposes here on Earth.

These passages finish with the account of Ahaz becoming king of Judah after his father Jotham. Jotham was a good king, but his son, Ahaz, was not. Ahaz began to lead Judah astray by altering worship in Jerusalem. He displaced the bronze altar in the Temple with a demonic altar. Worship continued but not according to God’s instruction.

We see that today in religion. Religion promotes worship, but not as God instructed in His Word. The Bible says, “God seeks those who worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” God wants worship in accordance with the Word of God, which is the Truth.