Cp the parable of the Good Samaritan: Luke 10:30-37.
AHAZ TOOK SOME OF THE THINGS FROM THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD
AND FROM THE ROYAL PALACE... AND PRESENTED THEM TO THE KING OF ASSYRIA:
Literally, Ahaz "divided up -- or set aside -- a portion of the temple" --
giving it to the Assyrian soldiers as a place to rest and reside. (A similar
policy was followed by the Assyrians with other vassal nations; cp also the
Roman garrison prominently established next to the Temple in NT times.) Similar
ideas are expressed in Isa 63:18; 64:11; Psa 74:3-8; 79:1; Isa 7:13; 11:9; 52:1;
Here is a clear example of what Jesus later called "giving
dogs what is sacred, and throwing your pearls to pigs". And sure enough, it
wasn't long before the Assyrians were trampling them under their feet, and
turning and tearing Judah to pieces (Mat 7:6).