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Uzziah - King of Judah




Name Means "The Lord is my strength."
Also Known As Azariah
Reference II Kings 15:1-7
II Chronicles 26
Reign 52 years (792 - 740 B.C.)
Theme Pride leads to destruction.
Lesson Whenever we puff ourselves up because of earthly accomplishments, a spiritual fall is sure to follow.
Memory Verse "Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD."
Proverbs 16:5
Application As Christians, we must always watch ourselves during times of either earthly or spiritual accomplishments. The tendency is usually to build ourselves up in our own strength instead of remembering that without God we are nothing, and it is He who gives us our gifts and our strength.
Spiritual Epitaph "And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several (separate) house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD."
(II Chronicles 26:21)

Amazingly, Uzziah followed in his father's footsteps. Like his father, Uzziah (who reigned for 52 long years) was a great administrator and politician. He defeated the Philistines in battle and subjugated the Ammonites. He fortified Jerusalem as well as the desert areas. His army was well trained, and well armed. Above all, "his name spread far abroad" (II Chronicles 26:15). However, like his father, Uzziah turned prideful. "But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction" (II Chronicles 26:16). He took it upon himself to burn incense in the Temple, a duty reserved only for the priests. As a result, God struck the king with leprosy, and it stayed with him the rest of his life.

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Kings of Judah
Rehoboam Abijah Asa Jehoshaphat
Jehoram Ahaziah Joash Amaziah
Uzziah Jotham Ahaz Hezekiah
Manasseh Amon Josiah Jehoahaz
Eliakim Jehoiachin Zedekiah Index

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