2 Kings 14-16
“How will I be remembered?” You and I need to give this question some sober refection. For, this is a matter of eternal consequence (Psa. 112:6; Eccl. 12:14; Mt. 25:34-46).
We know that many who die are remembered for all the wrong reasons. For example, consider King Ahaz, the twelfth king of the southern kingdom of Judah. To read more about the reign of Ahaz, read both 2 Kings 16 & 2 Chronicles 28. Ahaz reigned in the south while the northern kingdom of Israel was being carried away into captivity by the Assyrians. There was likely no one more wicked to ever sit on the throne of David than Ahaz. He was just the worst.
Before Ahaz came into power, Judah enjoyed 137 years of the relatively good leadership of Joash (40 years), Amaziah (29 years), Uzziah (52 years), and Jotham (16 years). Granted, these men were not perfect; however, they, at least for the most part, “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (2 Kgs. 12:2; 14:3; 15:3, 34). The same cannot be said for Ahaz who was “very unfaithful to the Lord” (2 Chron. 28:19).
The reasons for this are many. Firstly, Ahaz is one of history’s notorious idolaters. His heart was so given to idolatry that he even burned his own son as an offering (2 Kgs. 16:3)! Secondly, he had the audacity to pledge his allegiance to Tiglath-pilesar, king of Assyria (2 Kgs. 16:7). To the Assyrian king, Ahaz freely gave silver and gold right out of the house of the Lord. This alliance not only brought hardship to the northern tribes, but it also proved to hurt Judah as well (2 Chron. 28:21). Thirdly, Ahaz mutilated the holy vessels of the house of God by cutting them in pieces (2 Chron. 28:24).
As time went on, Ahaz became more and more faithless to the Lord. In the end, after his 16 year reign, he was not considered as worthy of being buried in the tombs of his fathers, the royal sepulchers (2 Chron. 28:27).
Do you see what I mean? He was just the worst. The old proverb says,
“The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot” (Proverbs 10:7).
Today, the memory of Ahaz is far more rot than blessing.
Have you given thought as to how you will one day be remembered? How you live your life today is how you will be remembered tomorrow. So, be a blessing.