2 Chronicles 26
King Uzziah of Judah fell into pride and was cursed with leprosy
2 Chronicles 26:1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah. 26:2 He [Amaziah had built] built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept [Amaziah died after having built Eilat] with his fathers.
26:3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. 26:4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
26:5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
26:6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines. 26:7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.
Uzziah rose in fame and the Ammonites gave tribute
26:8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.
Uzziah fortified Judah and built a powerful military
26:9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them. 26:10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry. 26:11 Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to war by bands, according to the number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king’s captains.
He had 2,600 commanders for his army of 307,500
26:12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred. 26:13 And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. 26:14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones. 26:15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.
When Uzziah saw himself as strong he was lifted up with pride; and he usurped the duties of the priests.
26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense [which was the exclusive prerogative of the priests].
The priests then withstood the king and Uzziah was greatly angered at being told the truth by these men.
Today many leaders in the Spiritual Ekklesia are also very angry at being told the truth of God, having their great pride offended.
26:17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men: 26:18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God.
Because of his pride and anger God humbled Uzziah king of Judah with leprosy; just as God will humble today’s Spiritual Ekklesia with much tribulation.
26:19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
Uzziah was thrust out of the temple because of the uncleanness of leprosy and remained a leper all of his life, to remind him of his sin of pride and anger at the word of God.
26:20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.
Uzziah as a leper was unclean and could not enter the temple again, therefore his son Jotham became regent over the kingdom. This should be a strong reminder to US, that we should NEVER depart from the Word of God to do what we decide we want.
And if we do depart from God’s Word to follow our own ways and our idols of men, we will lose our place in the resurrection to spirit as kings and priests of God. As it is written: “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall (Pro 16:18).”
26:21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.
26:22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write. 26:23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.
2 Chronicles 27
Jotham king of Judah did right but he did not enter the temple after his father had been struck with leprosy there.
2 Chronicles 27:1 Jotham was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jerushah, the daughter [a descendant of Zadok the priest] of Zadok. 27:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.
Jotham was a great builder who served God
27:3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much. 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.
27:5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.
Physical blessings were the promise for faithfulness to the physical Mosaic Covenant; and spiritual blessings are the promise for faithfulness to the spiritual New Covenant.
27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God. 27:7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. 27:8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
27:9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
2 Chronicles 28
Then Ahaz the wicked, became king of Judah.
2 Chronicles 28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father: 28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim. 28:3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. 28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
This is a lesson for Spiritual Israel that if we become full of pride and persecute the zealous for God and turn aside from zeal for God to idolize men; we shall also be rejected by the Being who gave up his God-hood to become flesh as Jesus Christ.
Oh, the foolishness of allowing men to come between us and God, so that we blindly and unquestioningly obey men as if they were God and do what they say when it is contrary to the Word of God!
28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
God allowed Judah to be humbled by her enemies because of their departure from the Eternal to live as they thought right, contrary to living by every Word of God. Great tribulation is coming imminently on today’s Spiritual Ekklesia, because they have exalted the words of men, ABOVE the whole Word of God!
28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. 28:7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king’s son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king.
28:8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren [from the tribe of Judah] two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.
In this case God’s prophet instructed Israel to let their captives from Judah go free, informing Israel that God had allowed them to defeat Judah because of the sins of Judah, but that Israel was also full of sin and ought not to enslave the Jews lest they also be corrected.
28:9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them,
Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain them in a rage that reacheth up unto heaven. 28:10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: but are there not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God? 28:11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives [set them free] again, which ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.
Then some of the commanders of Israel accepted the words of the prophet and persuaded the others to let the captives of Judah go.
28:12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from the war, 28:13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the LORD already, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel. 28:14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation.
Then the commanders did kindly to the captives of Judah
28:15 And the men which were expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren:then [Israel] they returned to Samaria.
Judah now faced attacks from the Philistines and Edomites and sought help from the Assyrians and did not turn to God.
28:16 At that time did king Ahaz [the wicked king of Judah] send unto the kings of Assyria to help him. 28:17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives. 28:18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there. 28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel [The word Israel is a scribal error, king Ahaz was the king of Judah.]; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.
Then the king of Assyria refused to strengthen Judah against Gaza and Edom because God was against king Ahaz of Judah for his many sins, and the Assyrians joined with the adversaries of Ahaz king of Judah.
28:20 And Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not.
Ahaz paid the Assyrians much, but failed to get their help
28:21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.
Ahaz became desperate and sought out the gods of all the surrounding nations, but Ahaz and Judah would not repent and serve the Eternal.
28:22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz. 28:23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them,therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him [Ahaz king of Judah], and of all Israel.
Even so, our idolatry of men and corporate organizations, and our spiritual adultery against the espoused spiritual Husband of our baptismal commitment by following others contrary to God and his Word; is our ruin.
28:24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made him altars in every corner of Jerusalem. 28:25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.
28:26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 28:27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.