The history of Israel shows that successful spiritual revivals typically begin with tearing down the idols, which allows the people to turn back to God.
King Jehoash (or Joash) of Judah, though he overcame much and did many good things, did not quite have the fortitude to rid the kingdom of its high places.
Amaziah was not only lax in destroying idolatry within his realm, but he put his trust in neutered gods and turned away from the God who defeated them.
God points out four kings of Judah who did not remove the high places. Many kings neither built nor destroyed high places, yet God points out four who failed.
Though we will probably never be tempted to burn incense to a pagan god on top of a hill, the high places of old still contain warnings for us.
Uzziah was the third successive king of Judah who failed to remove the high places from the land. His downfall lay in not handling worldly greatness.
Joash, Amaziah, and Uzziah are kept out of Christ's genealogy. Although they started out well, their hearts were turned away by the end of their lives.
The twelve small books at the end of the Old Testament are often overlooked in the shadow of the much longer prophetic books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. However, Richard Ritenbaugh argues that the Minor Prophets contain vital messages for today's Christians facing the time of the end.