Uzziah Ruled as King For 52 years

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Uzziah, son of King Amaziah, becomes King of Judah at age 16 and at the death of his father (vv. 1-3). He ruled 52 years from Jerusalem and during his rule he recaptured and rebuilt the town of Elath. He obeyed the Lord, as his father Amaziah had done (v. 4). Zechariah was his advisor and taught him to obey God (v. 5). Uzziah was faithful to God, and God made him successful as long as Zechariah was alive. While he was king he started a war against the Philistines, smashed the walls of Gath, Jabeth and Ashdod and then rebuilt towns in other parts of Philistia (v. 6). God helped him defeat the Philistines and the Meunites (v. 7). Even the Ammonites paid taxes to him (v. 8). He became powerful, and people who lived as far away as Egypt heard about him. He built fortified towers at the Corner and Valley Gates (v. 9) He also built defense towers in the desert (v. 10).

He owned a large herd of livestock in the flat lands and had crops and vineyards in the fertile hill country. Uzziah’s army was always ready for battle (v. 11). There were 307,500 trained soldiers, all under the command of 2,600 clan leaders (vv. 12-13). Uzziah supplied his army with shields, spears, bows, and stones for slinging (v. 14). Some skilled workers invented machines to shoot arrows and sling stones (v. 15). God helped Uzziah to become powerful and famous all over the world. He became proud and this led to his downfall (v. 16). One day he disobeyed the Lord by going into the temple burning incense. Azariah the priest and 80 other priests followed him into the temple (v. 17) and confronting him for burning incense (v. 18), which only descendants of Aaron were allowed to do.. Uzziah was holding the incense burner at the time and became very angry, and leprosy suddenly appeared on his forehead (v. 19). Azariah and the other priests told him to leave the temple immediately (v. 20). Uzziah had leprosy the rest of his life and was no longer allowed in the temple (v. 21). Everything else Uzziah did while he was king is written in I and II Kings (v. 22).

Application

Uzziah became a powerful leader but this led to pride and his downfall. I only want God’s power.

II Chronicles 26:1-23 (English Standard Version)

And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah. He built Eloth and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his fathers. Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper. He went out and made war against the Philistines and broke through the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in the territory of Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabians who lived in Gurbaal and against the Meunites. The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread even to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong. Moreover, Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate and at the Valley Gate and at the Angle, and fortified them. And he built towers in the wilderness and cut out many cisterns, for he had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain, and he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil. Moreover, Uzziah had an army of soldiers, fit for war, in divisions according to the numbers in the muster made by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer, under the direction of Hananiah, one of the king's commanders. The whole number of the heads of fathers' houses of mighty men of valor was 2,600. Under their command was an army of 307,500, who could make war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. And Uzziah prepared for all the army shields, spears, helmets, coats of mail, bows, and stones for slinging. In Jerusalem he made engines, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones. And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong. But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the LORD his God and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. But Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the LORD who were men of valor, and they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the LORD God." Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the LORD, by the altar of incense. And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they rushed him out quickly, and he himself hurried to go out, because the LORD had struck him. And King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death, and being a leper lived in a separate house, for he was excluded from the house of the LORD. And Jotham his son was over the king's household, governing the people of the land. Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz wrote. And Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said, "He is a leper." And Jotham his son reigned in his place.

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