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King Uzziah

Isaiah 6:1a

In the year that King Uzziah died

King Uzziah perhaps personifies the spiritual state of Judah. He was 16 years old when he started to reign and continued for 52 years. At first he did right in the sight of God. But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.  Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the LORD followed him in. They confronted him and said, "It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the LORD God."  Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the LORDís temple, leprosy broke out on his forehead. King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate houseóleprous, and excluded from the temple of the LORD.  (2Chron 26:16-19,21)

God's Word concerning Judah
King Uzziah
1:2 I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. Uzziah was only 16 years old at the beginning of his reign, started off well, but rebelled later in life.
3:4 I will make boys their officials;
mere children will govern them.
1:13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. Uzziah inappropriately offered incense. And also failed to remove the high places "the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there." 2Kings 15:4
1:21 See how the faithful city has become a harlot! Uzziah was unfaithful to the Lord
1:23 Your rulers are rebels Uzziah tried to usurp a priestly role of authority
they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.Therefore the LORDís anger burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. Uzziah was struck with leprosy by God's hand as judgement against his violation of the law of the Lord.
2:17 The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled Uzziah was humbled
5:9 Surely the great houses will become desolate, the fine mansions left without occupants. After being inflicted with leprosy Uzziah left the palace and lived the rest of his days in a separate house

While reckoning himself spiritual and worthy of taking up the priestly role, he didn't recognize that he was being rebellious against the law of God, much as for example women today being completely oblivious to the inappropriateness of taking upon themselves roles of authority over men even becoming pastors of churches, or as for example some Christian leaders who make too much of themselves dominating church meetings and suppressing the giftedness of ordinary Christians. These are people who love to be the head or love to be first as Diotrephes of 3John, "Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us. So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church." While religously zealous, such people end up crucifying Christ.

The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources Jul 29,2015