Week 22   Day 5

 

Uzziah, also known as Azariah 

            was a farmer king

            who loved the soil 

he was very forward-looking

            and encouraged inventiveness 

            like cannons on the walls of the city 

but his strengths were not held in check

            and led to his downfall.

 

 

Do you ever laugh when you read the Bible? 

            I do 

Some things seem so real

            and humorous 

like eighty-one valiant priests

            confronting one

            out-of-order

            and proud king

and commanding him to leave

            the place he wanted to be in

            but was not supposed to be 

charging him with trespass violation.

 

 

Sad endings 

Asa, Uzziah and many others have them 

            because they do not follow David's example

            of always returning

            to the God who loves them.

 

 

 

                                     THE LEPER-KING
 He was a builder and inventor, but pride was his downfall.
                                       II Chronicles 26

 

     1The people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years

old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.  2He

built Elath and restored it to Judah.  3He reigned fifty-two years

in Jerusalem.  His mother's name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem. 

4He did what was right in the sight of the Lord.  5As long as

he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.

     6He went out and made war against the Philistines, and
broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh, and Ashdod; and
he
built cities around Ashdod and among the Philistines. 
8Also
the Ammonites brought tribute to Uzzziah.  His fame
spread
as far as Egypt, for he became exceedingly strong.

     9Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, the

Valley Gate, and at the corner buttress of the wall; then he

fortified them.  10He built towers in the desert.  He dug wells,

for he had much livestock, both in the lowlands and in the

plains; he had farmers and vinedressers in the mountains and

in Carmel, for he loved the soil. 

     14Uzziah prepared for the entire army, shields, spears,

helmets, body armor, bows and slings to cast stones.  15He

made devices in Jerusalem, invented by skillful men, to be

on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and large

stones.  So his fame spread far and wide.

     16But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his

destruction, for he entered the temple to burn incense on

the altar.  17So Azariah the priest went in after him, and

with him were eighty priests of the Lord--valiant men. 

18They withstood the king, and said to him, "It is not for you,

Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the

sons of Aaron, who are consecrated.  Get out of the sanctuary,

for you have trespassed!  You shall have no honor from the

Lord God."

     19Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his

hand.  While he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out

on his forehead.  20So they thrust him out of that place. 

     21King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death.  He

dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper, cut off

from the house of the Lord.  Then Jotham his son was over

the king's house, judging the people of the land.  23So Uzziah

rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the field which

belonged to the kings, for they said, "He is a leper."
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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