Monday, February 23, 2009

When Uzziah Died...

Most of us are familiar with the phrasing from Isaiah 6 that says...

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.

The Lord is high and exalted in Isaiah's vision. But something that I never paid attention to before showed up in 2 Chronicles 26 where Uzziah is in the temple to burn incense:

16 But when he (Uzziah) 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...19 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. 20 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. 21 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.


Not only was the Lord high and lifted up in the year that Uzziah died, He was high and lifted up in Uzziah's death. Uzziah's death was a reminder to everyone that God was holy and not even the King would be exempted from God's commands.

Lord, help us as we try to live a holy life in a sin-filled world.

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