II Chronicles 28:3
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3  He made offerings in the Valley of Ben-hinnom and burned his sons in fire, in the abhorrent fashion of the nations which Hashem had dispossessed before the Israelites.

v’-HU hik-TEER b’-GAY ven hi-NOM va-yav-AYR et ba-NAV ba-AYSH k’-to-a-VOT ha-go-YIM a-SHER ho-REESH a-do-NAI mi-p’-NAY b’-NAY yis-ra-AYL

ג  וְהוּא הִקְטִיר בְּגֵיא בֶן־הִנֹּם וַיַּבְעֵר אֶת־בָּנָיו בָּאֵשׁ כְּתֹעֲבוֹת הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר הֹרִישׁ יְהֹוָה מִפְּנֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

 28:3   He made offerings in the Valley of Ben-hinnom

Valley of Hinnom

Unlike his father and grandfather, Achaz was an evil king who reintroduces systematic idol worship and intentionally spreads it to every city in the kingdom (verse 25). In this verse, we are told that he worships Baal and burns his children in the Valley of Hinnom. In biblical times this cursed valley was known as the place where the sinful Israelites worshipped the false god Baal and offered their children as sacrifices to the fire god Molech (Jeremiah 32:35). Therefore, this valley, which is located just outside of the present-day Jerusalem Old City walls, was thought to be cursed. Figuratively, it became associated with hell. As the Sages teach (Eiruvin 19a), “The gate [to hell] lies between two palm trees in the valley of Hinnom, from which smoke is continually rising.” The term ‘Gehenna,’ referring to hell, is derived from the Hebrew name for the valley, Gei ben Hinnom (גיא בן הנום).

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  • Ahaz completely lost the plot didn't he! If anything this reading teaches me that we have to be very careful who we follow!! That Achaz deliberately made his worship of baal known to all and encouraged the people to do likewise is a reprehensible action of someone in leadership. People by and large want something to follow, even today, in NZ they follow Rugby and the AB's, other's choose drugs etc, nothing but following Hashem will bring peace into our lives, when we follow other things, i.e. in sport there is winning and losing, but with Hashem one never ever loses.

    It is so sad to read of the angst and vengeance between tribes and the brethren. Hashem commands a blessing when we live together peacefully. Having said that it's inspiring to read that the prophet Oded was unafraid to speak the words of Hashem, he appears to be unafraid of the people as he speaks so strongly. If ever there was a time when we need to hear the word of Hashem it is now.

 

II Chronicles 28:3

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