Insights on Today's Reading
2 Kings 15 - Once again in this chapter you read of a number of kings, both of Judah and Israel. The first you read about is Azariah, who is also known as Uzziah, vs. 13. He basically starts off as a good king but then God strikes him with leprosy, verse 5. You have to wait until you read 2 Chronicles 26 before you find out why this happened. Other kings are spoken of but the main message of this chapter is the Assyrian invasion of Israel and their eventual occupation of the land and the exile of the Israelites into Assyrian territory. It is the outcome of what God had predicted when Israel began to practice idolatry and turned away from Him.
2 Chronicles 26 - This chapter goes into more detail of the reign of Uzziah, also known as Azzariah in 2 Kings. You will note that Isaiah prophesied during the reign of this king, Isaiah 1:1. This account speaks highly of Uzziah in his early years as the ruler of Judah. He followed the Lord and became strong, vs.15. But as often is the case, Uzziah succumbed to pride and arrogance in his "strength" verse 16. He took it upon himself to go into the Temple and offer incense to God, something only the priests were allowed to do. God struck him with leprosy as a result and he was banished from his own home and lived in seclusion, verse 21. A real lesson for all God's servants to learn as they grow stronger in their ministries.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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