2 Chronicles Chapter 26

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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.

He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

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.

And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah did.

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.

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.

And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.

And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened himself exceedingly.

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.

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.

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.

12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.

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.

14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.

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.

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.

17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the Lord, that were valiant men:

18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto theLord, 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.

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.

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.

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.

22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.

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.

 

21 thoughts on “2 Chronicles Chapter 26

  1. v21 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 city off from the house of the LORD:”

    Sin is spiritual leprosy that will separate us from the presence of the LORD and will cause us to die spiritually.
    One must learn to lean on the LORD and allow HIM to strip away self-sufficing, pride and HE teaches us humility.
    Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. v5. GOD hates a proud heart.
    It’s an abomination to the LORD.

    Using the WORD OF GOD as a searchlight and a scalpel a self examination along with prayer will cause one to know his spiritual status and relationship to GOD and HIS WILL.

    I don’t want to assume or just have a feeling that I’m in GOD’S WILL. My prayer is
    Psalms 139:23-24. Search me, O GOD, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
    v24 And see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.

    As we pursue a continuous and deep relationship with JESUS.
    iPray
    iHumble
    iAm learning to lean on JESUS
    iWorship JESUS

  2. 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.

    There is a great since of change between vs 5 and the actions of Uzziah in vs 16-18. Whenever Uzziah ‘sought’ the Lord, God made him to prosper. With the blessing of prosperity was also a test to him, of loyalty and obedience. The words “his fame spread” is mentioned 2 times vs8 after knocking down walls, and gaining tribute from the Ammonites. Later in vs 15 after the listing of his men of valour who made war with mighty power, and made devices made by skillful men to shoot arrows and large stones. It is written in vs15 that the reason why he acquired ‘fame’ was for he was mavelously helped til he became strong. He literally grew in strength and prosperity by the kindness of the Lord who ‘helped’ him. With so much victory around, pride can come and sneak in. Lets look at vs 16 “But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction” = pride..for he transgressed against the Lord his God, and went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense upon the altar of incense.” =”2 Pride leads to disgrace,but with humility comes wisdom.” (Prv 11). While he was angry at the correction coming from the priests, he leporosy broke out on his forehead for the Lord struck him. The Lord humbled him, corrected him, and he did not repent or ‘seek the Lord’ as earlier mentioned in vs5. Rev 3 says that 9″ I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” He was a leper until the day of his death, meaning he had a chance to turn back to God but he chose not to attone for his sins nor repent so he roughted in seperate quaters while his son ruled on his behalf. Leviticus 16 speaks of a scapegoat necessary for attonement, God allows and provides a scapegoat for every one of us. Jesus became that scapegoat needed to attone for everyone’s sins on the NT journey. We must humble ourselves before the Lord, in doing so we keep the 1st commandment of loving the Lord with all our heart, and soul. When we are doing so ‘selfish pride’ will not be allowed to sneak in.

    James 4:6 “But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say,“God opposes the proud, but favors the humble.”7So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

    Jesus said that the greatest commandment was the 1st: to love the Lord with all our heart and soul. and the 2nd was just like it. When Uzziah/we show pride, we reflect dependancy in self. If we focus on our love for God, this bugger wont sneak up on us either. For 1 Cor 13 states that Love (Jesus) is the greatest, and if we have everything but ‘it’ we have nothing! In order that we not fall for a counterfiet he expains what Love (Jesus) is all about… 4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love Him 1st then you can love others ‘self’ included.

  3. ILove to eat breakfast with Jesus

    Don’t Get Mad at the Pastor

    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.

    Our pastor gives the Word of God, he’s warring for our souls..,the quickest way to get in trouble with God is to get angry with the man of God. The once healthy heart that had been righteous with God will turn leprous and start consuming you. You will become bitter and unclean only to seek isolation from the rest of the body of Christ.

    Do not get angry with the man of God.

  4. As long as Uzziah obeyed the Lord he prospered, but when he usurped authority he did not have, he got into trouble. He took himself out from under the proper authority in the temple. When we get out from under our covering and protection (a man of God over us) we will always be in for trouble.

  5. 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.

    17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the Lord, that were valiant men:

    18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto theLord, 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.

    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.

    What is it with people that when they get comfortable financially, or popularity wise they forget who put them there in the first place. They start thinking themselves bigger than they really are and taking for themselves privileges that don’t belong to them. God ordains a certain order for a reason if you step out of that the only thing waiting for you is decay. You will lose His anointing and blessings by getting out of your submission line. He disregarded his priest and step over them to do what he wanted.

  6. PRIDE GENERATES ETERNALLY COSTLY DECISIONS

    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.

    Success is a very unique attraction in life. While multitudes invest their life for a lifetime seeking success, we find repeatedly throughout the Word of GOD success creates a self confidence, which creates a self righteousness, which gives birth to pride and Solomon reminds us; for pride iReap destruction.

    Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

    What happened to yet another King?

    MSG
    16-18 But then the strength and success went to his head. Arrogant and proud, he fell. One day, contemptuous of God, he walked into The Temple of God like he owned it and took over, burning incense on the Incense Altar. The priest Azariah, backed up by eighty brave priests of God, tried to prevent him. They confronted Uzziah: “You must not, you cannot do this, Uzziah—only the Aaronite priests, especially consecrated for the work, are permitted to burn incense. Get out of God’s Temple; you are unfaithful and a disgrace!”

    19-21 But Uzziah, censer in hand, was already in the middle of doing it and angrily rebuffed the priests. He lost his temper; angry words were exchanged—and then, even as they quarreled, a skin disease appeared on his forehead. As soon as they saw it, the chief priest Azariah and the other priests got him out of there as fast as they could. He hurried out—he knew that God then and there had given him the disease. Uzziah had his skin disease for the rest of his life and had to live in quarantine; he was not permitted to set foot in The Temple of God.

    The Grace and Mercies of GOD were obtained through Submission and Obedience gave way to the strength and success in his head and his iReap was pride and arrogance.

    Uzziah’s personal arrogant spirit contaminated the the sacrificial spirit produced by the censer of worship. This spirit manifests very quickly in musicians and singers mainly because if the talent and ability that GOD has granted them and is revealed to people who walk in the spirit.

    ***DO NOT ALLOW THE SUCCESS THAT GOD ALLOWS GO TO YOUR HEAD, IT WILL COST YOU ETERNALLY***

    We must finish the way we begin.

    James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

    iRepent
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  7. 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.

    And he, And he…….,,, PRIDE!
    Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18 KJV)
    The king was doing well, how does one go from seeking God with a humbled spirit, to prideful spirit. His carnal eyes were opened, pride set in. Then sickness, and DEATH!!
    LORD I humble my self before you!

  8. 18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto theLord, 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.

    Pride caused Uzziah to go into the the holy place and attempt to burn incense on the altar of God. I believe it was in the book of Exodus that God gives order on the tabernacle and who is to go into the Holy place and the burning of incense. Uzziah was out of order when he attempted to fulfill a roll God had not intended for him to fill.

    Just as it angered the priests and God for Uzziah to offer prideful incense . It also angers God for us to inter into the place of Worship and offer up sinful worship before God.

  9. Mind your own business.

    When God gives us privileges, opportunities and tasks we must not confuse that as a carte blanche. At the beginning of the chapter, Uzziah was described as doing that which was right in the site of the Lord. However, upon the results of years of success he got too big for his breeches and thought too much of himself and overstepped his boundaries.

    I know this feeling as I have been in similar situations; thinking too much of myself only to fall on my face in complete embarrassment. Please heed the warning of this chapter and me: it is a hard lesson to overstep your boundaries without authorization/permission.

  10. 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.

    What a testiment for us seeking God! It says that he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. Then it says as long as he was seeking God that he prospered.

    If we as a church continue to seek God then we will prosper as well. It is when we become satisfied or complacient that we will no longer prosper. We must focus on God. Keep our minds, hearts, and spirits focused on Him. He will lead us into His prosperity. In His prosperity is when we will have everything that we need. It is through God that he meets our needs acourding to His riches. We must stay united, stay focused, and not become complacient!

  11. This chapter illustrates pride. Uzziah initially did that what was right and the Lord blessed him greatly. Unfortunately he became full of self, and went against God’s anointed, which he therefore was punished. One should be thankful and mindful of ones place, for one will pay for trespassing against the Lord’s plan and the Lord’s anointed. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  12. 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.

    4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah did.

    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.

    At sixteen years old Uzziah was greatly used of God. He was blessed by God as long as he sought the Lord…

    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.

    Unfortunatly he lost his blessing because his heart became lifted up and he became a leper. I is important that we stay humble in the sight of God and seek God as leaders and never forget our help cometh from the Lord.

  13. The Throne of Our Heart

    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.

    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.

    We must choose who (or what) we will exalt upon the throne of our heart. For God to transition us up and be able to use us as He desires, we must first transition self down.

    He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30 KJV)

    The more there is increase, the greater potential for God to receive glory (think of the reflective potential of a large mirror vs a small mirror) and therefore the more we must get ourselves out of the way, lest we use the opportunity to glorify self or something else aside from Jesus.

    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:10 KJV)

  14. 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.

    This is the key. When we seek God, we will prosper. As soon as Uzziah stopped seeking the Lord and thought he could do the job of the priest, God put a quick stop to his plans. We cannot take a position in God’s kingdom without his consent. If we try, then we are sure to end up like Uzziah, cursed until the day we die.

  15. 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.

    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.

    If only Uzziah could have finished the same way he started. But he became prideful and lifted up, which brought his dimise. Pride goeth before destruction. We must keep ourselves humble and in the right spirit so that God can not only prosper us, but use us to complete tasks in His Kingdom.

  16. The Chain of Command

    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.

    12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred.

    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.

    14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones.

    vs11 These men really understood the chain of command as does any great army. They obviously trusted the ones over them with their lives or they couldnt have went to war with them. There are 5 authority figures named here. The chain was strong. When warriors unite together and understand humility and submission, there is not much that can stop them.
    What would happen if our church cought on to this and really submitted to the God given authority placed in Pastor first then the ones that he has placed in authority? We would be a host of victorious fighters. Without unity an army is just a bunch of mad men flexing thier mussels. I want the power of a united church, not just some show off body building competition.

    vs12 this talks about the number of chiefs or leaders. 2600 mighty men to lead this army. It was never intended for a church to be small. Unity is what builds a church. The reason there are so many small churches struggling out there is that they dont know how to submit to authority. There is a harvest set for us, all we have to do is submit, hold fast to unity, believe what God has promissed and go get it.

    vs13 307,500 unified soldiers under the 2600 chiefs under 4 generals undr the king. Pastor, 4 Assosiate Pastors, 2600 Ministers, and 307,500 in the congrigation of POFW. That is how the bible said it was then. Why not now? Do we believe that God is really the same now as he was then? HE IS! The harvest is set and I believe that if we unite with one another and trust in the truth and fallow our Man of God that anything is possible.

    vs14 This talkes about how the king prepared them for battle. Impact training, decipleship, bible study, teaching, preaching, ministry class, leadership training…….. all these things that Pastor provides for us to be prepared for the battle. Are we really using all our recources to fight for our King?

    Get in the boat, Unite with the church, Believe in the Vision, Dont give up, Question not your authority, and reap the harvest.

  17. 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.

    Pride come before a fall….

    The king made a common mistake and allowed pride to well up in him, so much so as to think that he could do just as well without the man of God. Many people today do the same, they start to do good, and shut the man of God out of their life, until they fall and need help back up again. If we keep the man of God in his rightful place in our lives, and stay humble, God will continue to use us….

  18. 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.
    17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the Lord, that were valiant men:
    18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto theLord, 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.
    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.

    Anger is a powerful thing. If we are angry at the wrong thing it can turn and bit back. As the king found out the hard way, anger can eat away at someone until it comes out and hurts those around them. I know many people who have gotten mad at life,or ministry and have fallen by the way side. Anger can turn into bitterness.

    Now on the other side of this ,the king should not have gone in the temple. For it was the priest responsibliity to take care of the temple. God will curse those that think they have a right to do something , when in reality they don’t. God place those in authority whom he sees fit for that time in your life.

  19. I do not think God punished Uzziah because of the incense but because he got angry at the priest of the temple. He could have repented but chose rather to rebel against spiritual authority of the priest. I may not agree with all my spiritual authoritys say { my Pastor and elders}. But I have learned to submit rather than get angry or rebellious. God answered my prayer with three request. He answered all three within 24 hours and I have been at POFW ever since .I am not getting off this boat. !!!

  20. 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.

    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.

    What a sad turn in Uzziah’s life. From being marvellously helped to being thrown out of the Temple as a leper. We never will arrive at the place in this life where we can say “I’ve made it!” Scripture tels us beware when we think we stand-lest we fall! So many illustrations are in the word of God that warn us of this mistake. Let us remain humble, teachable, always striving for perfection-yet knowing that while in this flesh we are ever vulnerable to pride / arrogance.

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