(23 verses, 3:45 to read)
What I am about to READ
Uzziah served the Lord. However, when the Lord blessed him, he became proud and felt he had the right to offer incense in the temple. The Lord banished him from the temple by giving him the disease of leprosy.
MARK and LEARN
5: As long as Judah and its king sought the Lord, the Lord was with the people and gave them success.
6-15: Lord blessed Uzziah. Uzziah kept Judah’s enemies at bay. He received tribute from the Ammonites. His fame spread. He strengthened Jerusalem’s walls and Judah’s fortifications in general. He improved the land’s agriculture. He had a well-trained and well-equipped army.
16: As soon as the Lord blessed Uzziah, he became proud and forsook the Lord.
16-18: Arrogant and prideful, Uzziah went into the temple to burn incense on the altar in front of the Most Holy Place. Only the priests were permitted to do this.
19-22: The Lord struck Uzziah with leprosy. The disease of leprosy is bad enough in and of itself. However, it carried an added burden; it made Uzziah unclean and kept him from temple worship.
The Lord wants us to put our hope in the Gospel and rely on Him for all we need. He will bless us. He will not necessarily increase our wealth or property, but He will give us spiritual understanding, strengthen our faith, and give us other spiritual blessings. The Lord has given us many blessings. If we forget Him and think that our own strength and skill have gained all these things for us, we become prideful and will be led to forsake the Lord. We must watch carefully that we don’t fall into this sin.
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.