After the death of Kings David and Solomon, Judea did not have much luck when it came to righteous kings. Out of the 21 rulers of Judea listed in 2 Chronicles, only David, Solomon, Abijah, Jehoshaphat, Jotham, Hezekiah and Josiah are listed as being righteous kings. All of the rest were seen as wicked. Sadly, not even the so-called righteous kings escaped having some nasty skeletons in their closets.
Judea had some nasty kings, but King Ahaz might win the prize for “worst king of Judea.” According to the Bible, Ahaz essentially went through a checklist of all the things God said not to do and then went out and did them. He “offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places” and “engag[ed] in the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.” He removed and altered parts of the Temple, chose to offer sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, “set up altars at every street corner in Jerusalem,” “built high places to burn sacrifices to other gods” throughout Judea and encouraged his people to follow other Gods. The worst of Ahaz’s sins, however, would be an offering he made. During his reign, Ahaz had his own son burned alive as a human sacrifice. It is hard to believe that such a man was related to Christ.