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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?
Some things seem so real
like eighty-one valiant priests
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.
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
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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