Thursday, May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The last couple of chapters of 2 Kings have been daunting to try and summarize, but there are a couple of keys to help our understanding.

Azariah, also known as Uzziah, was a good king who reigned in place of his father, Amaziah, king of Judah. God gave him leprosy, presumably because he invaded the priest's office. He had to live in a house separated from the palace. Uzziah's son, Jotham, reigned over Judah after him. 

A string of kings of Israel came after the end of Jehu's family's reign. They were usurpers of the throne, but God allowed it to happen. Some significant-sounding names were Zechariah and Hoshea; these kings had the same name as two well-known prophets, but they were evil, so we shouldn't confuse them. 

As we can see from king Azariah/Uzziah, even though we are considered to be good, when we sin there are consequences for our actions. It's important that we stay tuned into the Holy Spirit's voice. He will give us a way to help prevent our sin, but we must obey Him and stop before entering into it. 

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king's son was over the house, judging the people of the land. 1 Kings 15:5

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