2 Chronicles 26-28
The Kings of Judah, cont’d. 2 Chronicles 10:1-36:21
2 Chronicles 26:1-23…Uzziah (Azariah) becomes King of Judah (790-739)
2 Chronicles 26:1-Uzziah was made king in place of his father, Amaziah...he was 16 years old and he reigned 52 years. He did right in the sight of the LORD..."and as long as he sought the LORD, God prospered him" (:5). "...for he loved the soil" (:10). "...his fame spread afar, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong. But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly" (:15-16). Uzziah tried to burn incense in the Temple, himself…instead of having the priests to do it as God had said (cf. Exodus 30:1-10). He became enraged when Azariah the priest (and 80 other priests) told him to leave...and leprosy broke out on his head...he had it until he died. His son, Jotham was a co-regent with him until he died.
2 Chronicles 27:1-9…Jotham becomes King of Judah (750-731)
2 Chronicles 27:1-9-Jotham was 25 when he became king and he reigned for 16 years. The people continued to act corruptly. "So Jotham became mighty because he ordered his ways before the LORD his God" (:6).
2 Chronicles 28:1-27…Ahaz becomes King of Judah (731-715)
2 Chronicles 28:1-15-Ahaz became king when he was 20 years old and reigned for 16 years...and he did not follow the LORD. He returned to worshipping the Baals (false pagan gods). He fought against Israel and lost. As the army of Israel was returning with many captives, Obed, a prophet told them that they must let them go, or God would punish them. They did so (:15).
2 Chronicles 28:16-26-Judah was being attacked from every side. It seems that the surrounding nations saw the once wealthy Judah as now being compromised and a feeding frenzy began. Ahaz sought help from Assyria...against the Edomites and Philistines. But, Tilgath-pilneser, king of Assyria came against him...instead of helping him. Instead of seeking the LORD...Ahaz sacrificed to the gods of Syria (:23) in hope that they would help him. Since Syria had defeated him he must have felt that their gods were stronger than his God. He failed to recognize that the LORD had allowed him to be defeated since he had forsaken Him. He went even further and cut up the articles in the Temple and shut its doors. Ahaz died, and his son Hezekiah became king of Judah.
Prayer: Lord, help me to recognize when You are working in my life. Help me to know exactly what it is that You are telling me. I pray that You will lead me in such a way that I will always recognize what it is You want me to do and how You want me to do it. Don’t let me ever look to other resources…but to be wholly dependent on You.