Friday, April 24, 2015

U is for Uzziah...


Uzziah was the king of Judah for a time.  Uzziah is the name he is called in Chronicles, but in Kings he is known as Azariah.  Azariah may have been his given name and Uzziah a throne name taken upon his accession.  He came to the throne at age 16, after the death of his father, who was assassinated.

Uzziah was a capable, entergetic, and well-organized person, with many diverse interests.  The Lord blessed him in all of his undertakings, so he prospered. He was known to do right in the eyes of the Lord.

He pleased God during his early years as king. He was a successful warrior and city builder.  He was very skillful in organizing and delegating.  He reigned as king for 52 years.

Some of his weaknesses and mistakes include:
-He developed a prideful attitude due to his great success.
-He tried to perform the priest's duties, in direct disobedience to God.
-He failed to remove many of the symbols of idolatry in the land.

From Uzziah's life we can learn:
-Lack of thankfulness to God can lead to pride
-Even successful people must acknowledge the role God has for others in their lives.

Uzziah's story is told in 2 Kings 15:1-7(where he is called Azariah) and in 2 Chronicles 26:1-23. He is also mentioned in Isaiah 1:1; 6:1; 7:1; Hosea 1:1; Amos 1:1; Zechariah 14:5.

'In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.'   Isaiah 6:1

until next time...nel

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