Jotham Ruled as King For 16 years

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Faithful

Jotham was 25 years old when he became king of Judah and he ruled for 16 years (v. 1). Jotham also co-reigned with his son for four years so that the reference of 16 years does not include that period. He obeyed the Lord and was a faithful example of his father Uzziah, except he never burned incense in the temple as his father had done (v. 2). However the people of Judah kept sinning against the Lord. His record was nearly blameless but the people were still unfaithful to the Lord. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple and repaired the wall near Mount Ophel (v. 3). He also built towns in the Mountains and fortresses and defense towers in Judah (v. 4). During his time of rule he attacked and defeated the Ammonites (v. 5). Then each year for the next three years, he forced them to pay 3.4 tons of silver, 1,000 tons of wheat, and 1,000 tons of barley.

Jotham remained faithful to the Lord and became a very powerful king (v. 6). Everything Jotham did while he was king is recorded in 1st and 2nd Kings (v. 7). He died at the age of 41 after ruling Judah for 16 years (v. 8). He was buried in Jerusalem and his son Ahaz became king (v. 9).

Application

I am now 84 years old and have had the privilege of being a missionary for over the past 55 years, traveling to over 50 countries and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands of men, women  and young people who have placed their faith in His shed blood to save them. I rejoice in this but pray that I will finish well and be faithful to Him to the end. 

II Chronicles 27:1-9 (English Standard Version)

Jotham was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jerushah the daughter of Zadok. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD according to all that his father Uzziah had done, except he did not enter the temple of the LORD. But the people still followed corrupt practices. He built the upper gate of the house of the LORD and did much building on the wall of Ophel. Moreover, he built cities in the hill country of Judah, and forts and towers on the wooded hills. He fought with the king of the Ammonites and prevailed against them. And the Ammonites gave him that year 100 talents of silver, and 10,000 cors of wheat and 10,000 of barley. The Ammonites paid him the same amount in the second and the third years. So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the LORD his God. Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David, and Ahaz his son reigned in his place.

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